|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1929|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2001|
Salt Lake County
Dale Harward Curtis was born Tuesday, February 12, 1929 in Salt Lake City to Ruel Curtis and Mary Zola Harward Curtis. He grew up in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City and graduated from South High School, Class of 1947.
At the time of his death, Dale was an active member and High Priest in the Legacy Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission to Western Canada. Throughout his life, Dale was a member of the Lincoln Ward, Kearns Thirteenth Ward, and the River Ridge First Ward.
He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He spent much of the late 1950s living in Washington, DC and working as a waiter at Hot Shoppes Restaurant. Dale was employed by United Airlines in ground services, reservations, and air freight.
He loved his family, racquetball, plays, classical music, books, genealogy, and politics. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He believed that "you can live without reading, but not very well, for reading is the poetry of life."
Dale lived in Kearns for most of his life, residing with his parents in the family home at 4852 South 4180 West. He spent the last months of his life at the Legacy Retirement Community in South Jordan, Utah, where he made many friends.
Dale suffered a massive stroke on June 10, 2001 and was hospitalized at St. Mark's Hospital in Millcreek. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 just after 4:00 p.m. surrounded by his loving family. He was seventy-two years old.
He was survived by his brothers, Neldon DeVon (Bertha) Curtis of Cottonwood Heights, Jay Kent (Bonnie) Curtis of Taylorsville; sisters, Sara Flink of South Jordan, Rula (John) Flink of Ogden, Barbara (William) Inkley of Magna; brothers-in-law, Oris Black of Blanding, Normand Gibbons of West Valley City, and Dee (Ann) Bradshaw of South Jordan; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dale was preceded in death by his parents Ruel Curtis (1985) and Zola Curtis (1980); sisters, Mary Phyrl Black (1991), Arva Gae Gibbons (1998), and Linda Kaye Bradshaw (1990); brothers, Ruel Wayne Curtis (1925), and Son Curtis (1926); and brother-in-law, Hendrik Flink (1992).
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in the River Ridge First Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10200 South Temple Drive (1300 West) in South Jordan. A private family viewing was held on Sunday, June 24, 2001 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home located at 4330 South Redwood Road (1700 West) in Taylorsville. A public viewing was held one hour prior to the services at the church.
Dale was laid to rest following the conclusion of the funeral services beside his parents and sister, Gae, in the family plot at Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery in Taylorsville.
Summary of funeral services:
Funeral services were held under the direction of Bishop Robert Poulsen.
The family prayer was offered by DeVon Curtis.
The prelude and postlude music was offered by Nicole Flink.
The invocation was offered by John Flink.
Musical numbers performed included: "Piano Medley," which was performed by Nicole Flink; and "Organ Medley," which was performed by William Luker.
Speakers included: Normand Gibbons, Jay Kent Curtis, and Branch President Jack Unker.
The benediction was offered by Dee Bradshaw.
The grave was dedicated by William Inkley.
Pallbearers included: Donald Flink, Larry Curtis, Robert Gibbons, Tyler Bradshaw, Dale Inkley, Glenn Flink, Stephen Curtis, and Darrell Black.
Honorary pallbearers included: DeVon Curtis, Kent Curtis, Normand Gibbons, Dee Bradshaw, Oris Black, and William Inkley.
His obituary, which was published in the Deseret News on June 24, 2001:
"Dale Harward Curtis, 72, passed away June 20, 2001 due to complications from a stroke.
"Dale was born Feb 12, 1929 in Salt Lake City, UT to Ruel and Mary Zola Harward Curtis. Dale was an active member and High Priest in the Legacy Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mis-sion to Western Canada and served his country in the United States Army. Dale was employed by United Airlines in ground services, reservations, and air freight. He loved his family, racquetball, plays, classical music, and books. He believed that "You can live without reading, but not very well, for reading is the poetry of life."
"He is survived by brothers, N. DeVon (Bertha) Curtis, J. Kent (Bonnie) Curtis; sisters, Sara Flink, Rula (John) Flink, Barbara (William) Inkley; and brothers-in-law, Oris Black, Normand Gibbons, Dee (Ann) Bradshaw. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Phyrl Black, Arva Gae Gibbons, Linda Kaye Bradshaw; and brother-in-law, Hendrik Flink. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews, and their children.
"Services will be Mon. 11 a.m. at the River Ridge LDS 1st Ward chapel, 10200 S. 1300 W. Friends may visit the family Mon. at the church 10-10:45 a.m. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates."
Ruel Curtis (1903 - 1985)
Mary Zola Harward Curtis (1903 - 1980)
Mary Phyrl Curtis Black (1924 - 1991)*
Ruel Wayne Curtis (1925 - 1925)*
Son Curtis (1926 - 1926)*
Arva Gae Curtis Gibbons (1927 - 1998)*
Dale Harward Curtis (1929 - 2001)
Neldon DeVon Curtis (1930 - 2012)*
Sara Loie Curtis Flink (1936 - 2009)*
Linda Kaye Curtis Bradshaw (1946 - 1990)*
Redwood Memorial Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Plot: Garden of Revelation, Lot 315, Space D-2 (Curtis-Gibbons Family Plot)
GPS (lat/lon): 40.6325, -111.93944
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Aug 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15404174