Couple killed on Grand Mesa had already cheated death

Two people struck and killed at ski area once survived helicopter crash

The couple who died Saturday at the County Line parking lot atop Grand Mesa dodged death a decade ago in a helicopter crash in southern Colorado, a friend said.

Glen and Linda Eyre were well known among those who frequent the web of trails on the flattop mountain, but they were reserved, said JoAnn Moon, who said she skied with them on occasion and knew them for about three years.

“I just went with them on day trips,” Moon said. “They had a lot of interesting stories, but they were not forthcoming talking about themselves. Still, when you’re hiking along for hours at a time, things drift out.”

The Eyres lived in Pagosa Springs, with Glen working in bighorn-sheep counts when they were aboard a helicopter that crashed near Grizzly Lake at the headwaters of the Navajo River on a cold February day.

“Awaiting rescue on a narrow shelf, the Eyres and their pilot survived a bitterly cold night,” Moon wrote in a letter to the editor. “Glen told me he and Linda were both warmly dressed, Linda wearing (cross-country) ski clothing.”

The Eyres, Moon said, “were well-prepared, responsible individuals” who enjoyed sharing their “tremendous life in the backcountry.”


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