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Longtime Louisville resident Alan Forbes passed away unexpectedly of heart-related natural causes January 21, 2009 at his home in rural Adams County. He was 59 years old.

Alan was born in Columbus GA on June 21, 1949. Living his first 10 years in the Gulfport, MS area, he then moved to Boulder County and graduated from Nederland High School in 1967. He served with the Marine Corps in Viet Nam. Upon returning home, he found his passion in construction, attaining his journeyman's credentials in carpentry. In 1973 he married Jane Miller in Allenspark, CO and soon after moved to Louisville. In 2007 they found and moved to what he enjoyed referring to as his "Little Ranchette."

Alan was owner and operator of Forbes Painting Company. He took pride in his work and dynamically encouraged all others on the jobsites to put forth their best efforts as well. Talented in all trades, his true love was carpentry, of which he was a master; there was no door that couldn't be hung perfectly, problems he couldn't resolve, with skills beyond compare. Landscaping followed a close second, with always room for more trees to be planted.

Devoted to his family, a stabilizing force, caring and strong, Alan was a loyal husband and father to his wife and two sons. He coached youth football and baseball in Louisville for many years.

Alan is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane, and two sons, Tye and Matthew, both of Louisville; sister Debbie Paradies of Gulfport, MS and cousins in Gulfport and Colorado Springs, CO.

His family asks that, as a remembrance, please say or do something kind to someone you encounter.

A Celebration of Life reception will be held Saturday, January 31, 2009 1:00 รข 4:00 at the home of Herb and JoBelle Orvis at 355 W Spruce Street, Louisville, CO. A brief ceremony will be held at 2:30.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home, Brighton, is handling arrangements.