Jesse James Maddalone |

Jesse James Maddalone

Jesse James Maddalone was born to James Joseph and Ida (Puckett) Maddalone in Aspen.

He was one of 10 Maddalone children who, like Jesse, were instrumental in the workings of Aspen during Aspen’s Quiet Years and beyond.

Jesse was a graduate of Aspen High School. He married local girl, Esther Thorpe, and raised their four children, Jesse Jr., Daniel, Gerald and Marcia in Aspen.

Jesse’s many endeavors included serving in the Army during World War II in the Philippines, being a long-standing member of the Elks and Eagles lodges, a member of the American Legion and a very proud retired member of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department.

Jesse was most well known as the owner/operator of Aspen’s Conoco station, which later became Local’s Corner. This busy corner became one of Aspen’s gathering spots and many young Aspen men earned their first salaries working with Jesse at that venerable establishment.

Jesse will be remembered as a good-natured, generous and civic-minded soul who was always willing to lend a hand…he was a good friend.

He is survived by his son, Jesse Jr. (Jody), his daughter, Marcia (Richard); his wife, Ann; his sister, Ida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jesse’s memorial will held at the Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen on May 14 at noon, with a luncheon will follow at the Elks Lodge.

Please come and share a good Jesse story.

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