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Alton Lee Curtis


01/31/1943 - 07/12/2015 Obituary
Alton Lee Curtis Obituary
Alton Lee Curtis passed away peacefully on Sunday July 12, 2015 at the age of 72 surrounded by family and friends.
Lee was born on January 31,1943 to parents Alton Rogers and Alma Mae (Clinton) Curtis. Lee who was the middle son of 6 children, traveled with his family from Arizona to Bakersfield and resided in the community of Oildale.
Lee was a "jack of all trades" and held many different jobs in the farming, construction and oilfield industries. With these learned skills, mechanical aptitude and his intelligence, he could fix or build anything. He taught his 3 sons and their friends the same skills he used to make a living.
As an avid outdoorsman he loved to hunt and when able to, would be with his cousins on opening day of bird season trying to bag a limit of upland game birds. As an excellent fishermen he taught his sons and grandchildren how to fish in the many lakes, ponds, and the Aquaduct in Kern County. One of his proudest moments was pulling a 40 pound catfish from Lake Buena Vista while fishing with his wife. He seldom missed a NASCAR race and would spend Sunday watching a taped version, skipping the commercials.
Lee is preceded in death by his parents, older brothers Rogers and Delvin, younger brother Jim and sister Ginger.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, younger brother Neal, sons and wives Richard and Rachel, Michael and Wendy, John and Lesa, grandchildren Jennifer, Kelsey, Laura, Kristeen, Kayla, Cassidy, Kennedy, Katie, and great grandchildren Miriah, Kaydance, Ava, and Karson. He was loved by more than can be listed and he will never be forgotten.
Sincere appreciation to Optimal Hospice, Ray Clinton for being there when needed, Joyce Curtis who never left his side, and many other family members and friends who helped in his care.
Services will be held in the chapel of Hillcrest Memorial Park on Wednesday July 22, 2015 at 10 am.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 19, 2015
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