In Memory: Michael Hiskey

Michael Hiskey, assistant professor adjoint,  Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, died Jan. 19 following a short illness.

Hiskey began as an assistant professor adjoint in June 2010 and also served as a lecturer following a successful private industry career. He was a 1985 UCCS graduate.

His family published an obituary on The Springs Funeral Service website. It appears below. Condolences and comments can be left at

Michael Allen Hiskey

Michael Hiskey

Michael Allen Hiskey, 54, of Colorado Springs, passed away on the morning of January 19, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. His life was a balance of chemical equations, a wonderful sense of humor, and love for nature.

Chemistry was Mike’s passion. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs in 1985, and his Ph.D. in explosive Chemistry from New Mexico Tech in 1990. After post-doctoral appointments at Los Alamos and The University of Nebraska, Mike worked as an explosive chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratories for 17 years. In 2000 Mike formed a company with friend Darren Naud, Ph.D. inventing smokeless fireworks that light up everything from the Super Bowl to Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. He was one of the most brilliant minds in the chemistry world.

Mike is survived by his mother, Carolanne Allen, his brother Steven (Kimberly) Hiskey, nephew Jason (Melanie) Hiskey, niece Marissa Hiskey and his beloved extended family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mike’s honor to The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Scholarship Fund.

2 Comments on In Memory: Michael Hiskey

  1. Mr. Hiskey was one of the nicest, caring, and giving person I have ever met. His kind smile and easy going demeanor will be missed. RIP.

  2. Mike was my student years ago at Woodland Park High School. Brilliant? Yes,indeed! But much more than that, he was my friend then and all the years after. His kindness, his understanding, and his ability to make one feel good about oneself were all extrordinary. Wish you were here Mike!

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