John Michael Badalian
May 23, 2012
John Badalian passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at his home in Aspen. He was 61 years old.John was a constant presence on the streets of Aspen. He walked every day from his home in Hunter Creek to his Hopkins Avenue office. Nothing diverted him – not rain, ice or frigid cold, nor the disease he lived with for more than 10 years. Diagnosed in 2003 with late stage multiple myeloma, or bone cancer, John ignored standard medical advice by working out daily for the next eight years. He ran the office at Aspen Group Ltd. and managed the Aspen Bed & Breakfast with a keen mind and compassionate heart.John earned a JD from Case Western Reserve Law School, practiced criminal law in Cleveland, and moved with his family to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1988.He is survived by his sons, Patrick and Kevin; nephew Matt Axtell, former wife Karen Connington, sister-in-law Joann Connington, brothers-in-law Jim and Kevin Connington, and Badalians and Moriarties across the U.S.We will all miss his brilliant mind, wicked wit and unstoppable stride. May you be at peace, our Sweet Friend. May you be happy and free at last.