Benjamin Adams Rawlins Jr.
Jan. 17, 1951- Jan. 18, 2015
Benjamin Adams Rawlins, Jr., died suddenly on January 18th of an aortic aneurism at his home in Glenwood Springs. Ben was born on January 17th, 1951, in Evanston, Illinois. He was the son of the late Benjamin Adams Rawlins and Jean Kniskern Rawlins of Snowmass Village. He graduated from Evanston Township High School and attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. His marriage to Eve Young, a classmate from Evanston, ended in divorce and they had no children. He lived in the Denver area, Evanston, and Los Angeles, before coming to live and work in Snowmass and later settling in Glenwood Springs.
He is survived by two sisters, Anne Rawlins Regier of Newton, Kansas, and Toni Hartzer Worth of Darien CT; 3 nephews, Brian Hartzer of Sydney, Australia, Bill Hartzer of Mabank, Texas, and Luke Hecht of Newton, Kansas; and a niece, Carolyn Hartzer of Walnut Creek, California.
In his teenage years Ben helped to interest members of his family in skiing, resulting in their ultimately moving to Colorado and becoming early residents of Snowmass Village. He had a life-long love of music. He played the guitar, banjo, and harmonica, and was teaching himself the piano and accordion, spending many hours researching music genres on the Web. He also followed his father’s interest in photography and landscaping. Ben had a diverse work life, which included trucking, driving a cab, working at City Market, and construction. He loved the outdoors and riding up into the mountains for hours on his dirt bike and Harley. Ben had many friends in the Valley and will be missed by all.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home is handling arrangements. No services are planned, but donations in Ben’s name could be made to a favorite charity.
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