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Louis L. "Lou" Simons, Jr
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Birth: 1917
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 1967
Commerce City
Adams County
Colorado, USA

Colorado greyhound race track figure and handicapper-known to friends as 'Lou'-who engaged in nightly pari-mutuel betting at the now defunct Mile High Kennel Club in Commerce City, Colorado, and at other race tracks in Colorado-these tracks operated during assigned rotated seasons. In his pre-personal computer era, Simons maintained a large card index of racing greyhounds which included a complete history of winnings and performances. Lou always wore carpenter striped bib overalls, a white dress shirt, a golf/baseball cap, maroon wind-breaker jacket, cowboy boots, and half (reading) glasses (had he worn a suit he would have looked like an investment banker), and usually left the track at the conclusion of racing late in the evening with canvas bags of coins and bills. Simons played big stakes, betting up to $10,000 a night and losing as much as $25,000 a week. A champion large golden brown/white greyhound was named "My Firend Lou" in honor of Mr. Simons in the early 1960's by friend and kennel owner, G. A. (Sonny) Alderson (1914-1995) of St. Petersburg, Florida who also named Austex Lou in honor of Lou and his hometown of Austin, Texas. Murdered upon entering his motel room (Crestline Motor Hotel and Apartments at 7330 Highway 85) after returning from a night of betting. The theory was that it was a gangland hit, rather than robbery or burgarlary (Simons always carried a considerable amount of cash and also had a large sum of cash locked in his desk, both of which were untouched), because Simons had recently voiced complaints about dog racing "irregularites." A "dum dum" bullet (a slug in which slashes or cuts have been made so the lead will spray outward and inflict maximum damage) was used in the shooting. 
 
Burial:
Crown Hill Cemetery
Wheat Ridge
Jefferson County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Tower of Memories, First Floor, Section 1, Col 50, Tier A, Center Corridor
 
Created by: GravesScribe
Record added: Sep 21, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7884741
Louis L. Lou Simons, Jr
Added by: Betty L. Gonzales
 
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Lou waas a character-the type of person who makes life interesting and worth living. RIP, sir.
-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 12, 2013
Rest in the knowledge that ultimate justice will be meted out to your killer(s).
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 3, 2012
RIP, Lou-the track was only recently demolished.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 2, 2012
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