Michael "Lou" J. McAllister | AspenTimes.com

Michael "Lou" J. McAllister

The Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

Our beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and cherished friend to many, will truly be missed by all.Born in Albany, N.Y., to Kate and Harry, he graduated high school from Vincentian Institute and then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.Michael then found his way to Aspen in 1968, along with many other pioneers of similar culture. They helped mold Aspen into the energetic and remarkable community for which it is distinguished. Reluctant to ever leave the comfort of Aspen, he eventually relocated to Woody Creek, and became an instant fit in this local enclave.Another of Michael’s notable scholastic achievements is his B.S. degree in Aerodynamics and Hygene, awarded to him by Aspen State Teachers College. In a joyous ceremony presided over by Dean of Women, the Honorable Dr. Slats Cabbage, he recognized Lou’s work ethic and attention to details, as worthy of such an esteemed honor. The student body was ecstatic with appreciation, and then there was another parade.Michael’s resume includes years of service in numerous legendary Aspen restaurants and as a contractor; his M&M Construction and Fuzzy Side Up Carpets were involved in the development of quality residential and commercial construction in the Roaring Fork Valley. He is best recognized as Dark Horse Photography – his joy and passion.Over four decades, Michael has recorded the history and transformation of the Aspen area throughout the “not quiet at all years” with his collection of photos. He also served on the staff of CMC in the photography department, passing on his enthusiasm and skills to eager students.Michael will be fondly remembered by longtime friends and new acquaintances alike for his engaging personality and quick wit. Michael fought a courageous battle with this illness, but was finally overwhelmed by it on Oct.12, 2011, with loved ones at his side, in Menifee, Calif.Michael’s family, as was his wish, encourages everyone to please make a donation in his memory to Pathfinders. They have been so compassionate and generous throughout his illness, and continue to provide invaluable assistance to the needy in our community.Memorial services are being planned – stay tuned.