Bennie Bob Duran was born March 27, 1957, to Mary Jean DeHerrera and Pete Duran in Colorado Springs. He was the oldest of 4 children and a direct descendent of Chief Ouray of the Ute tribe. He grew up in San Jose, California and graduated from Overfelt Highschool. After highschool he enlisted in the Military where he received the Riffle Marksman Badge. He married his wife of 16 years, Rosie, and they had three children, Lisa, David, and Jesse. They remained close friends watching their grandkids grow up.
Ben was always a sharp dresser. Even as a child he would have his mother take his close to get pressed since she worked as a laundry presser. His wardrobe was filled with variety of dress shirts, slacks, vest and on occasion a suite and tie. By trade he was a Machinist. He also was very handy and worked on all types of projects. He was always willing to lend a hand with family and friends. He would teach his grandkids unique skills like knife throwing and making a wood shooter out of clothes pins. His grandkids called him "GB".
In his later years, living in Colorado with his family he became known as "The Music Man" downtown. He walked around everywhere playing music and wearing his speaker as a holster. He had a special place in his heart for Barbra Lewis. During his past time, he enjoyed watching all types of westerns or going on adventures, exploring with his grandson, Evan. He passed away on July 2, 2023.
He was a father, son, uncle, brother, beloved friend, and the best grandfather you could ever wish for.
He is survived by:
Children: Lisa, David, Jesse, Jacob and Debra
Grandchildren: Anthony, Emilio, Evan and Jasper
Siblings: Brenda, Gilbert, and Steve
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Jean DeHerrera and Pete Duran