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Peter Michael McAllister

March 27, 1938 - February 27, 2013
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In the song of life, Peter Michael McAllister was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Mike preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Mike believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Mike perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him. Mike was born on March 27, 1938 at Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital in Glendale, CA. His parents were Paul and Blanche McAllister. Mike was raised in South Pasadena and San Marino, California. As a young child, Mike was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Mike rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him. Early on in his family relationships, Mike showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with one sister. He had an older sister by the name of Mary Jo. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation. As he was growing up, Mike developed into a person who...
In the song of life, Peter Michael McAllister was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Mike preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Mike believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Mike perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

Mike was born on March 27, 1938 at Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital in Glendale, CA. His parents were Paul and Blanche McAllister. Mike was raised in South Pasadena and San Marino, California. As a young child, Mike was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Mike rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

Early on in his family relationships, Mike showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with one sister. He had an older sister by the name of Mary Jo. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

As he was growing up, Mike developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Mike liked concrete things. He was a Boy Scout. In his spare time he belonged to the Projection Club. Mike's memorable achievement was receiving the Eagle Scout Award at the age of 15. However, to Mike, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in his school years, Mike showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Mike with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. His passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even his teachers recognized it. He graduated from San Marino High School in 1956. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. He was involved in the California Scholarship Foundation, Letterman Club, and audio visual group.

In college, Mike showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Using his understanding of language, Mike was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. He also demonstrated his artistic temperament and talent, even in classes that weren’t typically considered art courses. Mike’s ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from USC in 1961. He was in a fraternity called Sigma Chi and he also worked at Disneyland where met his wife, Diane.

Those who didn’t know Mike well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. Mike was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Mike’s, you understood how true a friend he could be.
A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Mike had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On February 4, 1961, Mike exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Diane Marie Williams at the Oneonta Congregational Church of South Pasadena in South Pasadena, California.

Mike was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his children. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Mike was blessed with Four Children, Two sons, Kevin and Paul and two daughters Kim and Jeannie. They were also blessed with four granddaughters and one great-grandson, Elyse, Erica, Memory, Michaela, and Tyler.

Mike found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was hospital administrator. He was employed for twelve years with Sunrise Hospital, eight years with University Medical Center, and ten years he was self-employed in real-estate. Mike tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

Mike was in the United States Marine Corps. He was in the Pensacola, Florida, El Toro, California, then to Vietnam where he was wounded then medically retired. Mike saw action in Vietnam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Captain. He received several awards recognizing his heroism including a Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and Gold Star. Mike’s fellow soldiers saw him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Mike enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were raising ducks, chickens, geese, cats, dogs, peacocks, hunting, and fishing. Mike was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savor the present moment.

Mike liked sports. In high school, Mike played track, football, and basketball. Recreational sports included softball, golf, and water volleyball. Mike was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, tennis, and the Olympics.

Throughout his life, Mike was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Mike was a member of the Letterman's Club, California Scholarship Foundation, and Audio Visual committee. In college, Mike joined the Sigma Chi. He had a tendency to bring peace to his relationships by avoiding disagreements.

Mike was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. So it’s little wonder that he took an active role in his community. A loyal contributor, Mike was comfortable in the role of a team player. Mike was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the design and development of Horseman's Park. Mike was able to serve his community well, thanks to his open mind and faithful commitment.

Because he loved the world around him, Mike enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Mike put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included camping areas like Rock Creek and Duck Creek, Newport Beach, and San Juan Capistrano Beach, and various cruises.

Mike was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Mike’s favorites was Irish setter name Sheila. They were best friends for Ten Years. His family was rounded out by his many many many many many cats, dogs, peacocks and Koi fish.

When Mike’s retirement finally arrived in 2001, he was well prepared. His new life involved staying in Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in helping to raise his grandchildren and spending time with family. Even in retirement, Mike continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of his life, he became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him and simply enjoying what he had worked so hard to attain.

Mike passed away on February 27, 2013 at St. Rose Sienna, Henderson, Nevada. After a long fight with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and living in constant pain from his military injury and arthritis, a blood clot formed and caused his death. He is survived by sons, Kevin and Paul; his daughters, Kim and Jeannie; his granddaughters, Elyse, Erica, Memory and Michaela; his great-grandson, Tyler; his sister, Jo; and his son-in-law, Jeff. Services were held at Pam Mortuary NW.

Mike was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Mike always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Mike was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Peter Michael McAllister.

"Our most heartfelt sympathy to Mike's entire family. We met Mike because our great-granddaughter, Jade and his grand-daughter, Michaela were BFFs. Gary and..." Nancy Bradley (LV, NV)

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