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In Memorium ~ Steven C. MacAllister


Steven Carl MacAllister, 56, of Crested Butte, CO, formerly of Safety Harbor and Tampa passed away January 16, 2008 of complications from several abdominal surgeries associated with non-metastatic colon cancer.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973, Steve was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. His first assignment in the Marine Corps was to Quantico, Virginia where he was an honor graduate of the Infantry Platoon Commanders course at the Basic School. He was subsequently assigned to the U.S. Naval Flight School at Pensacola, FL. During flight school, Steve was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of West FL for his participation in the redesign of the Naval Flight School Training syllabus.

After receiving his Wings of Gold, Steve was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 311, El Toro, CA, flying the single seat A4M attack fighter and performing the duties of Intelligence Officer.

In 1980, Steve was hired by Eastern Air Lines and assigned to Miami, FL where he flew the B727, DC-9, and B757 aircraft. In 1988, he resigned from Eastern Air Lines to continue his aviation career with USAirways. Steve retired from USAirways several years ago to spend more time with his beloved family and pursue his many eclectic interests including home remodeling, music, writing, hiking and riding his Harley.

For those of us who had the honor of calling Steve father, son, uncle, or friend, our loss is inestimable. Our lives have been immeasurably enriched by our time with him. Steve's life has left an indelible mark in the hearts of those who were privileged to know this man of immense integrity, loyalty, and faith. His charm, humor, and intellect will forever bring smiles to our hearts.

Steve resided in the Bay Area until 2006 when the beauty of the mountains of Crested Butte, CO called him home. These magnificent mountains, which he loved so dearly, will be his final resting place. They will forever symbolize the dignity and beauty of Steve's life.

Steve was preceded in death by his son and talented musician, David, 17. After his son David's death, Steve created a state of the art sound studio at Calvary Christian High School, Clearwater, FL to encourage the advancement of music in the lives of young musicians.

Steve is survived by his parents, Jack and Marilyn MacAllister; siblings, James and Sue MacAllister all of Crested Butte; four daughters, Brande Kristell Halaza, Carly MacAllister of San Diego, Kelly MacAllister of Clearwater, and Allyssa MacAllister of Tampa.

For those who might wish to honor Steve's life; a music scholarship, created to benefit talented young musicians, was started at:

Western State College
600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231


Donations may be made to the "David and Steve MacAllister Music Scholarship" at the aforementioned address.

 

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