Kenneth Stewart Curtis, 75, of West Valley City, passed away peacefully June 29, 2017 after battling complications for two months following heart surgery.
Ken was born April 13 th , 1942 to James Eldred Curtis and Mabel Stewart. He was raised in Magna, Utah, was a proud Cyprus pirate, Senior Class President and maintained several close friendships from his CHS days. After graduating, he served as a medic in the Army Reserves. Ken worked for 22 years at Kennecott followed by 21 years at Hunter Junior High School and after retirement worked part-time driving for the Kearns Senior Center.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and took joy in church service. Ken served in several bishoprics, presidencies, the High Council and served in 2015-2016 as a full-time missionary with his wife. He loved serving in the Jordan River Temple baptistry and most recently as a teacher—his favorite calling over the years.
Ken was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandpa. He loved to play golf with old friends, his sons and grandkids. He was an avid fan of the Hunter Wolverine football team as well as his beloved BYU Cougars. He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor and had a well-known, characteristic laugh. Despite the great trial of his long hospital stay, he maintained his sense of humor until the end; telling jokes to help his grieving family deal with difficulty of the situation.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents and older brother Lanny. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nina Hall Curtis as well as his 6 children: Camille (Joe) Coon, Kimberly (Matt) Rowe, Kenyon, Colin (Melissa), Kevin (Sarah), and Colby (Adelle) and his 21 grandchildren. His greatest joy later in life was spending time with these beloved little ones.
A viewing will be held Fri., July 7 th , 6-8 pm at Peel Funeral Home, 8525 West 2700 S, Magna, UT. Funeral Services will be Sat., July 8 th at 11 am, (10 -10:45 viewing) at the LDS chapel, 4980 W. 3285 S., West Valley .
Special thanks to the ICU staff at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, the team at Landmark Acute Care Hospital, as well as the many friends and family who have provided support through this difficult time.
We will miss you Pops!