Bart J. Rabkin
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No stranger to the town of Durango, a light of the community went out on June 29, 2020 as Bart J Rabkin departed this world. While details are forever unknown, Bart went under while enjoying one of his retirement pastimes, fishing on Pastorius Lake. He lives on in his family, his mother Shirley, his wife Paula, daughters Jessica and Melissa, step sons Josh and Ronnie, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Bart graduated from CW Post with a degree in Political Science in 1977. Starting his adventure in Durango as a 25-year-old with a dream, he and close friend Gary Broad obtained the Durango Diner in 1980 which has since been a staple of Durango. Looking for a change of pace, Bart sold his share of the diner to his partner in 1999. His energetic nature got the best of him and he later opened Bart's Deli before retiring to spend more time with family last year. He enjoyed his pastimes hunting with his lab Osito, golfing, fishing, and above all, spending time with his beloved family. Always active in, and wanting to give back to his community, Bart annually supported the youth in the La Plata County Fair, coached lacrosse in the youth leagues, donated food to various benefits including Chocolate Fantasia, and was a familiar face that always had a smile for the passerby.

Not large in stature, but large in life, Bart was the epitome of big things in small packages. His laughter will continue to be heard from those who knew it. His generosity and compassion will live on in those who felt it. From occasional free fudge macaroons to the patrons of his deli, to the love and support he provided for his family, we will never know the countless lives he touched. He left his mark on the world and all of our hearts. There are not enough lines available in this column, and not enough words in the English language to describe such a special soul. Our hearts ache but they are forever filled with love for this one-of-a-kind man. Till we see you again, Bart...

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jul. 7, 2020.
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August 28, 2020
My prayers go out to each of those in Barts family and all of his friends. I was shocked to hear of his passing. May the Lord comfort you all with His peace. Hopeful to see him again in eternity.
Anne Davis
July 16, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Steven H. Muff
July 14, 2020
Bart you will be missed in our community. Your laugher, your love of lacrosse, your donation of time to our youth teaching them how to play lacrosse we had some great times.
Ill see you on the field above my friend.
God Speed
Always by your side.
Bruce K Moss
Bruce K. Moss
July 12, 2020
Bart, its been a while since we saw you and even longer since we went fishing together. Miss you very much but also understand you will always be in our hearts and therefore in our lives. Our hearts are with the family. Live, Cathy and Steve Trammel
Steve Trammel
July 12, 2020
Bart's soul is still strong and unforgettable, I am deeply saddened. RIP Bart
Jeffrey L Abbe
July 11, 2020
I first met Bart working with him and Gary at Tamarron Resort. When they bought the Diner I worked as a waitress and they took my little brother under their wings as a dishwasher. Best place to work...ever! I will always remember Bart's smile and laugh. One of the best, you will be missed my friend! Peggy Brennan
Peggy Brennan
July 10, 2020
I met Bart when I first moved to the Durango area. His friendship was immediately developed. I considered Bart as one of my best friends in the area.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Be with God my friend.
Jim Darling
July 9, 2020
I worked as a dish washer at the Diner as a kid. The best boss ever! Always positive and helpful. I saw Bart a day before his accident. Just out walking his dog as I drove by. He waved to me like Forrest Gump waving to LT Dan on the boat. My wave back was filled with laughter and that continued through the rest of my day! I feel honored to have this memory. Great man! I will miss those waves and strong handshakes! John
July 8, 2020
Bart will be missed a true part of the community, was always friendly and kind. God Bless and prayers for the family and all who loved him.
Darlene Hiemer
July 8, 2020
My memories of Bart were a guy with a smile from ear to ear that was contagious. He and Gary were inseparable and was always ready for a good time.
Richie Robinson
July 8, 2020
Youve forever been infectious, old friend, a contagion of laughter and light-heartedness. What a pleasure to have made your acquaintance. What a pleasure to have been exposed to your warm spirit. Soar on ...
Davitt M. Armstrong
July 7, 2020
Best.guy.ever. I am blessed to call him friend.
Mary Crotty
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