Marc Lipman

1926 — 2015

Marc Lipman, 89, died December 13, 2015, at Heritage Park Care Center. After joining the U.S. Army during World War II, Marc later attended the University of Illinois where he received a degree in Engineering. Marc married Susan Carrington Thompsen in 1960 and enjoyed a two-year honeymoon travelling around the world. After returning the U.S., Marc opened two Chicago restaurants and bought a house in Highland Park, IL to raise their three children. He also formed the Banjo Bootleggers and played locally for many years.

After a divorce in 1972, Marc moved to Chicago and began trading commodities at the Chicago Board of Trade, clearing through USA Trading Co. Marc started traveling to Aspen in the early 1970’s, moving to Aspen full-time in 1986 where he was very active in the local community. Marc’s true passion was volunteering with the Shining Stars Foundation, where he worked with children diagnosed with cancer. For the past many years, Marc found great friends as an active member of the Elk’s Lodge in Aspen.

An avid reader and a love for the Colorado Rockies inspired Marc to become the great Cowboy Poet, Omar West. He created the BAR-D Roundup ( to celebrate Western heritage and help promote the works of other cowboy poets.

Marc is survived by his three loving children, Bret Lipman, Daryl Barbieri and Dana Sara; his kindhearted son-in-law, Anthony Barbieri; his five adoring grandchildren, Isabella, Dolce, Lola, Enzo and Melos; his devoted younger brother, Tom Lipman and his admiring nephew, Chad Lipman.

Friends are asked to gather for a ‘Celebration of Life’ Memorial on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Elk’s Lodge in Aspen, CO from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: the Marc Lipman Memorial Fund c/o the Shining Stars Foundation (