LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Clyde Allen Perfect, founder of Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has died at age 87.
"It is with heavy hearts that Perfect North Slopes is announcing the passing of Clyde Allen Perfect, one of the founding members of Perfect North Slopes, and the bedrock for which this small ski area in Indiana was built. Mr. Perfect was a visionary and a true maverick in the ski industry and will be missed dearly by our community, family, and friends," read a statement from the ski park.
Perfect, a graduate of Colerain High School, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, in 1933. In 1965, after living in Colerain Township and running Perfect Brickwork for several years, he and his wife, Ella Mae, moved with their five children to a farm on Tanner's Creek near Guilford, Indiana, according to his memorial website on Thursday.
There, the Perfects created Perfect Stock Farm and raised cattle and crops, still operating the brick business. In 1980, the family opened Perfect North Slopes on their 200-acre farm, and it has since grown into one of the most popular ski destinations in the Midwest.
Perfect was also a supportive member of the community, involved with the Dearborn County 4-H organization and one of the top buyers at the Kiwanis Livestock Auction, where he volunteered as a sale ringman for more than 50 years. He also fundraised for the Guilford Fire Department, hosting many family reunions and parties at the ski area.
Perfect is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ella Mae, his five children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Friends of the family are invited to remember him on Aug. 31 in the parking area of Perfect North Slopes with a service beginning at 6 p.m. Remarks will be broadcast on an FM station so attendees can remain in their vehicles and listen.