Today I received notice of Maurice McAlister's death. Our late father successfully bid on the lawn sprinkler contract for the Downey Savings head office in 1957. The two of them hit it off well, two hard-working guys from Arkansas (and South Gate). Our small family business went on to install the sprinklers at many of the offices. I'm sure other large companies could have done the sprinklers cheaper, but Mac chose custom quality over cheap generic work, perhaps with a little charity involved. Everyone of us twelve kids in the family learned the value of hard work while digging ditches and putting in sprinklers at Downey Savings offices.
A typical Mac story that I can remember is that they could never get his Mercedes car brakes adjusted correctly, so he talked his way into a class for Mercedes mechanics and learned to adjust the brakes himself. For years he kept his first construction dump truck, the way the rest of us would keep our first dollar. All these years we've had a soft spot in our hearts for Mac. He was a good four-square example for so many! We're very sorry for your loss.