Curtis Roberts (1933 - 2013)

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Roberts, Curtis Bush Dallas, Texas--Curtis Bush Roberts, beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother-in-law, Friend and Businessman, passed away on the evening of April 22 at his home and in the presence of family and loved ones at 79 years young. Born on August 17, 1933, in Beaumont, Texas, the 4th child of Carroll Harry Roberts and Dorothy Barber Roberts, he graduated from Beaumont High School where he excelled at basketball for the Royal Purples and was known as the "Steady Floor Man" for his ball handling skills. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1954 with a degree in Insurance and Finance. While at UT, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity where he established many lifelong relationships and remained very active until his passing. Immediately after college, Curtis received focused training on the Surety business at the National Surety Corporation of New York in 1955, which truly began a long and successful career in the Surety/ Bonding Industry. He rose through the ranks with firms like Fireman's Fund and Highlands Insurance moving from New York to San An-tonio to Houston, to San Francisco, back to Houston and finally to Dallas where he joined the Mills Company. After the untimely death of his good friend and partner, Rudy Mills, Curtis created the Mills-Roberts Agency in 1988; dedicated 100% to the Surety Industry. After a series of sales and reacquisitions, Mills-Roberts was merged with MHBT in August of 2012, where Curtis worked full-time until just days prior to his death, a 58- year career in the Surety industry. Curtis served as President of the National Surety Bond Producers from 1987-1988 and on its board for many years. He was also a Director of the National Association of Casualty and Surety Agents for six years, a Director and National Associates Member Council representative for the Associated General Contractors of America, Dallas Chapter. Curtis received a Distinguished Service Award and was the Chapter's first Associate Member. He was a founder, first Associate Member, and Director for six years of the North Texas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and a Director for 8 years of the American Subcontractors Association, North Texas Chapter. Curtis received a National Distinguished Service Award and was national chairman of the National ASA Surety Committee, and in 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Bruce T. Wallace Award in recognition of more than 30 years of significant contributions to the Surety Industry. Curtis was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of The Elks, Lodge No 316 in Cripple Creek, Colorado since 1995. He was also an active member of The Dallas Country Club and regularly enjoyed the company of his friends and fellow members there. Significant Bonds produced by Curtis and his team included: Epcot Center at Disney World; American Embassy-Moscow; relocation of the London Bridge to Havasu City, Arizona; J. Paul Getty Museum - Los Angeles, Dallas Symphony Center; Nasher Sculpture Center; DFW Airport; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Cowboys Stadium; Winspear Opera House; New Cowboys Stadium-Arlington and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Curtis is preceded in death by his parents, C. Harry & Dorothy Roberts; his brother, Harry Roberts Jr., and his sister, Betty Dawson. He is survived by his brother, Issac D. "Ike" Roberts; his wife of 59 years, Jean Jackson Roberts, his two sons, Bill Roberts and his wife, Cindy, and Kevin Roberts and his wife, Carla; eight grandchildren: Jennifer Roberts Jameson, Jacquelyn Roberts, Justin Blohm, Michael Roberts, Casey Benac, Matthew Roberts, Mark Roberts and Marshall Roberts, 2 great-grandchildren: Aiden Roberts and Elise Jameson and 1 new great grandchild expected to be born in the first week of May, Mason Blohm. The family wishes to thank everyone for their many thoughtful acts during Curtis' illness. We are especially grateful for the loving care he received from Gloria, Allen and the rest of the team at Faith Presbyterian Hospice. A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 27 @ 11:00 am at the Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204. A celebration of a great life will follow in the church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any of the following charities: Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Wounded Warriors, Salvation Army or the SPCA.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2013
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