Benton Cody Willis of Ouray, Colorado was born on May 16, 1984 in Jackson, Mississippi to Bob and Belinda Willis. A rambunctious, energetic child, he grew into a skilled adventurous man who loved the outdoors.
Cody was still a boy when he began to call Ouray home. He immediately adapted to the mountain lifestyle taking to skiing, snowboarding, climbing, and skateboarding. He may have lost some of his Southern accent, but he always carried the gentlemanly demeanor of a bygone era exhibiting loyalty, honesty, and generosity.