Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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greener pastures 20 Appaloosa Journal December 2018 C "Al" Maxey Clyde Allison 1925-2018 lyde Alison Maxey (known by his friends as Al) was born July 22, 1925 in Ada, Oklahoma. Al Maxey was many things, from a motorcycle-riding college student to a master clock maker and a repairer and collector of antique automobiles and time pieces of all sorts. He was a gunsmith and a welder, an avid conservationist working for many years in the National Park Ser- vice, as well as a post-retirement "second life" as a horseman. Above all, he was a devoted father and a good provider and husband, vowing to give his children better parenting and a better life than had been provided to him. Al left this world with many to remember him: his wife of 67 years, Barbara; five chil- dren; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and countless friends. Al Maxey grew up during the dust bowl at the end of the Great Depression, living in the tiny eastern Colorado town of Buckingham. It was here that he met Barbara Ann Giauque, his future wife. The Maxey family lived in a 2-room "teacherage" house, which was the sole structure left standing after the rest of the town, near New Raymer along Colorado Highway 14, faded into obscurity. The house was featured on a bank calen- dar in the 1990s, and was meticulously deconstructed under the supervision of Al's grandson Marc Maxey. The timbers and components of the house are now stored at the North Forty Ranch near Wellington, where Maxey spent the last decades of his life. The family intends to rebuild the historic structure once a suitable site is found. The Maxey family later moved on to Vaughn, New Mexico where Al finished high school and learned to speak relatively good Spanish, a skill he often tried out on the unsuspecting visitor. He and Barbara both graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in the natural sciences. His work career began in the U.S. Forest Service, moved into the Navy in World War II and continued in the National Park Service. On June 17, 1951, Clyde Alison Maxey and Barbara Ann Giauque were married at the Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo in Allenspark, Colorado. Barbara was working as a sea- sonal ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, while Al was stationed at Aztec Ruins, New Mexico. He often made the long commute to see his sweetheart by motorcycle. Al Maxey's Park Service career shifted from Aztec Ruins to the Grand Canyon, where his assignments alternated between the South Entrance in the summer and Moran Junction/Buffalo Forks at Grand Teton in the winter. The family later moved to Mammoth Hot Springs, where they had a good winter base with seasonal summer assignments to Big Hole Battlefield National Monument in Montana. In December of 1964, Maxey made an abrupt career change and moved the family to Catoctin, Maryland, where he became the first director of the newly created Jobs Corps orchestrated by President Lyndon Johnson. After 10 months in that position he was transferred to training and education for members of the Park Service, with postings in Norman, Oklahoma; Harper's Ferry, Washington, DC; and the Lakewood Federal Center out- side Denver, Colorado. Hobbies during this busy working life included skiing, gunsmithing, watch and clock repair, raising tropical fish and African violets as well as continuing wood- working and machining. He was a dad who could fix anything and who yodeled on the ski hill. Retiring soon after cardiac bypass surgery, he began his sec- ond life focused on riding and raising horses as well as restor- ing antique cars. His interest in Appaloosas and the Nez Perce Indians had been sparked by his assignment as superintendent of Big Hole Battlefield National Monument. There began his years of horse ownership and eventually breeding, training and participating in trail rides. He especially enjoyed his stints as a scout on several rides and offering historical programs on the

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