David Alistair Curtis (1928 - 2018)

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David Alastair Curtis,
89, passed away peacefully
Monday, February
26th, 2018 at his home
in Sedalia, Colorado.
He was born in Denver,
Colorado on March 5th,
1928 to parents Ed and Beulah Curtis
of Oaklands Ranch, Sedalia. The
Curtis family homesteaded Oaklands
Ranch in 1871. Dave cherished his
family and their rich history. He was
raised in the homestead house of his
ancestors and lived there along with
his parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle,
and his first/double cousin Donna. He
participated in all aspects of farming
and ranching from the time he
was a young boy. Dave milked cows,
harvested numerous crops, raised
registered Hereford cattle, cut Christmas
trees and boughs, and never
shied from a challenge. He was always
willing to help anyone and never knew
a stranger.
Dave married his high school sweetheart,
Carol Jean Vance on April 4th,
1948. Dave knew she was "the one"
the first time he laid eyes on her when
she arrived at Douglas County High
school. He was a true athlete- excelling
in basketball and football. After
high school, he attended Colorado
State University, when they were
known as the Aggies. Once married,
Dave provided for his family by living
off of the land.
Dave and Carol lived on Oaklands
Ranch and raised three children- David,
Pam, and Joni. They were active
in 4-H, Young Farmers & Homemakers,
and Sedalia Presbyterian Church.
They instilled the love of the land,
animals, family, and Christ in their
children. Dave was a remarkable story
teller, always had a twinkle in his
eye as he told jokes, played games, or
solved puzzles.
Dave treasured the
state history of Colorado,
the mountains of
Douglas County, and
town of Sedalia. He
knew where each road
began or ended and
whether it was dirt or paved. He was
Douglas County Commissioner from
1971-1976. Dave also provided rain
and snowfall reports for the National
Weather Service and NOAA for over 50
Dave is survived by Carol, his loving
wife of almost 70 years; brother-in-law
Jim Vance of Claflin, KS; sister-in-law
Barbara Hall of Hutchinson, KS; and
cousin/pseudo-sister Donna (Buck)
Richardson of Cedaredge, CO.
Also surviving are children- David
(Arlene) of Sedalia, CO; Pam (Jim)
Hughes of Custer, SD; Joni (Rich) Fell
of Sedalia, CO; grandchildren- Traci
(Lucas) Hawkins of Castle Rock, CO;
Charlie (Stephanie) Curtis of Sedalia,
CO; Doug (Kirsten) Fell, of Chugiak,
AK; Chad Curtis of Sedalia, CO; Tyler
Hughes of Rapid City, SD; greatgrandchildren-
Skylar, Landen, Rori,
Cayden, Axel, and Leah.
He is preceded in death by his
parents, his sister-in-laws Virginia
Henderson, Vera Wilkins, and Bonnie
Bond, and brother-in-laws Jack Vance
and Jerry Vance.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made in his name to New Hope Presbyterian
Church 3737 New Hope Way,
Castle Rock, CO 80109 or to Porter
Hospice Foundation c/o Rocky Mountain
Adventist Healthcare Foundation,
2525 S. Downing Street, Denver, CO
Funeral services were held March
7th, 2018 at New Hope Presbyterian
Church in Castle Rock, CO. A private
interment was held March 8th at Bear
Canon Cemetery in Sedalia, CO.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Mar. 28 to Apr. 27, 2018