Howard “Stan” McAlister passed away Feb. 19, 2016, after a brief illness in Lakewood, Colorado.
Stan was born in Twisp on Jan. 1, 1931, to Daniel and Emma McAlister, longtime residents of Twisp. He attended Twisp public schools prior to graduating from Washington State College, majoring in geology. Following some short-term positions with several oil and mining companies and a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, Stan settled into a professional home with the Atlantic Refining Company. In 1957, Stan was transferred to a small office in Minot, North Dakota, where he would meet his bride-to-be, Mary Ann Stewart. Stan would eventually rise to the position of exploration manager with Arco’s newly formed minerals exploration unit.
His work in uranium exploration took him to several far-away places where few visit today including Somalia, Kenya, Liberia and Guyana. He was indeed proud of the uranium discoveries that resulted from his guidance including the world’s first in-situ uranium mine in Texas, and a major, yet to be developed deposit in Wyoming. Several other deposits were discovered by his team that were sold and mined by other companies.
Stan always regarded himself as one who, as a small town Twisp boy working in a large corporation, was a sort of a maverick. He opted for early retirement and left Arco in 1985 and for several years thereafter worked at several consulting jobs in the minerals mining industry. His later years were devoted to travel and pursuit of his many hobbies.
Stan is survived by his loving wife of 57 years; a son, Stewart Stanley; and a daughter, Judy Christine, all of Lakewood, Colorado.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the United Methodist Church in Lakewood.