Vail Daily obituary: Nathaniel West Blaser, 1993-2014

Nathaniel West Blaser, 21, passed away suddenly Nov. 29 in Colorado. Nate was born July 8, 1993, and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended Wood Gormley Elementary, Capshaw Middle School and Santa Fe High before leaving at age 15 to begin ski racing in Park City, Utah, for three seasons. He was living and working in Eagle as a firefighter and first responder for Eagle County Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting and Eagle County Paramedic Services at the time of his death.

Nate was a lover — he loved his family, his family at work, his friends and the outdoors. Everyone who knew him loved him.

There was a special place in Nate’s heart for the brothers and sisters of the firefighting and emergency responders community, especially the Santa Fe County Fire Department, Eagle County fire and rescue groups, and, of course, Hondo Fire and Rescue.

Nate is survived by his mother and stepfather Jill Benjamin and Ruskin Blankenship; father and stepmother Brian and Elaine Blaser; brother Simon Blaser and sister Campbell Brown; maternal grandparents Raphiel and Karen Benjamin and paternal grandparents Ruth Blaser, of Fair Haven, New Jersey, and Edward Blaser of Boynton Beach, Florida; grandparents Barbara and Ted Seeley, Ellen Alexander, Don Bell, Ronald and Victoria Alexander; uncles Raphiel Jr. (Pam), Richard Benjamin (Sera), Douglas Blaser (Pat), Robert Blaser, Thomas Blaser (Donna), Marcus Novak (Giselle), Nicholas Blaser (Kimberly), Lisa Cochran, Kathryn Alexander; cousins Dakota and Faranak Benjamin, Luke Griscom, Alisa Currier, Chloe Benjamin, Lily Benjamin, Fallon Blaser, Curtis Blaser, Elliot Blaser, Sara Blaser, Erin Blaser, Mackenzee Blaser, Bryce Blaser, Alexis Blaser, Kaiti Blaser, Stephen Foote, Tatianna Norbek, and Kahlil Norbek. He is survived by too many dear friends to mention.

Nate touched everyone’s life; he is greatly missed. The world has lost a phenomenal young man.

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There will be a memorial to celebrate Nate’s life on Monday at 2 p.m. at the St. Johns Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, N.M. We will also be celebrating his life in Gypsum on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hondo Fire and Rescue would be greatly appreciated.


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