Eldon (Bennie) Basham, a long time Durango resident and Purgatory Ski Area legend, left this earth on July 28, 2021, for his new heavenly home, where he will reside with Jesus (his best friend) for eternity. He was 85 years old.
He was the third person hired in 1965 when the construction of Purgatory Ski Area began, where he worked for a number of years. There is a trail in "The Legends" named after him, "Blackburns Bash". The rest of his life was devoted to sharing the gospel and ministering to people in lots of different settings and capacities, which he did with a heart full of God's love.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years - Patricia (Patsy), His three daughters Kathy (Mike) Janes, Susie (Tom) Ruybal and Shari (Mike) Abeyta, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great- great-grand child.
No services are planned at this time. The family will have a private celebration of life at a later date.
Published by The Durango Herald on Aug. 23, 2021.