As proprietor of Denver Box Company and Blue Sky Minerals, a major retail/wholesale operation, Dan Belsher was instrumental in the development and discovery of many Mexican and Peruvian localities for minerals and lapidary material. He was born on April 13, 1956, and was exposed to minerals from the beginning: his father, Don Belsher, a prominent Colorado mineral collector and dealer, recalls Dan being at Creede, Colorado in his rocker, selling self-collected pyritized fossils at age of five. In 1986, after attending the University of Colorado, Dan joined with his brother Dennis in starting a business for the importation Peruvian minerals. Fine native silvers, raspberry-colored fluorites, and later the classic rhodonites were among the minerals these brothers brought out of Peru. Later, Dan did much exploration work in northern Mexico; he made several new wulfenite discoveries, and he imported schorl stalagmites, smithsonite, amethyst, numerous Santa Eulalia minerals, and more. To complement the mineral business, Dan opened Denver Box Company in 1990, and thereafter supplied large quantities of boxes to the jewelry, mineral and fossil trades. He died on April 5, 2003, following a prolonged illness. His personal mineral collection, heavy in fine Mexican specimens, was sold through Dave Bunk in 2001.
COWAN, C. (2004) Died, Dan Belsher, 46. Mineralogical Record, 35, p. 6.
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