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Don (Boudreaux) Miller

1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Don (Boudreaux) Miller Obituary
Don Miller was born on December 31,1934 in Aguilar, CO and died November 25, 2018, in Durango, CO his home for the past 45 years.

Don graduated from Randell High School in Denver, CO and then joined the Navy. After his service in the Navy, Don returned to his true passion, skiing, and went to work in the ski industry in his home state of Colorado. He worked at various positions such as ski patrol and hill maintenance at several ski areas throughout the region including Aspen, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland. He also did a stint salmon fishing in Alaska. In Don's early days one of his jobs was working at the Alpine Inn in Georgetown, CO alongside a Cajun bartender named Wayne Biggs. Wayne had many tall tales and Cajun jokes which centered around a character named "Boudreaux". Wayne started calling Don "Boudreaux" and the name Don Miller was rarely used again. From then on everyone only knew Don as Boudreaux.

In the Fall of 1973, Boudreaux came down to Durango at the request of his good friend, Paul Folwell, to work on the trail crew at the Purgatory Ski Area. With Boudreaux's can-do attitude and passion for the mountain, he was a great asset for Purgatory throughout his career. In the early 1980s, he helped make the first artificial snow at the resort, after two significant droughts in 1976-77 and 1980-81. After 30 years of working for Purgatory, Boudreaux retired as their Director of slopes and trails. Purgatory skis trails named in his honor are: BC (Boudreaux's Choice), BDM (Boudreaux Dirty Major), and Boudreaux's. His contributions to Purgatory are as numerous as the many close friendships he made during his time at the mountain.

Boudreaux had a keen interest in the world around him and loved delving into a broad range of subjects such as history, science, the arts, guns, you name it.....he knew about it. He had a great sense of humor and he endeared himself to his many friends because he was such a character. He will not be forgotten. We all loved Boudreaux.

Services to be held June 2019, day and location to be determined.

May You Rest in Peace, Boudreaux.
Published in The Durango Herald on Dec. 14, 2018
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