Peter William Curtright

Obituary
  • "peter was my first love. we met at church and promised each..."
    - terri king
  • "yes, I will be glad to, if only he wasnt the only one, he..."
  • "March 30, 2008 We received your phone call and are now in..."
    - Judy
  • "Tim & Judy, I was so sorry to learn of Peter's death. It..."
    - Dede Shelton
  • "Family, know that I am praying for you and thinking of you..."
    - Alexis Curtright

Peter William Curtright Peter William Curtright was born May 10, 1986 in Boise, Idaho. Five days later he got to go home with his adopted family, Timothy, Judy and Sarah who was four at the time. Peter was a happy baby. He greatly enjoyed being around his family and support group. At age two, Peter gained two additional siblings with the adoption of his sister Jeanne and brother Nick who were five and four at the time. Growing up Peter struggled to learn; but he persevered and even learned to read. Peter looked upon everyone he met as a friend. He loved to backpack and fish with his dad and brother. He also liked to go with his uncles and cousins scouting for deer and elk. He could be heard often pounding on his drums. He cherished the time he spent with his friends from Ustick Baptist Church. Peter was always very concerned about his niece and nephews, "the munchkins". He was especially proud of his two oldest cousins, Aaron Curtright, USAF and David Canfield, U.S. Army currently serving in Iraq. Due to Peter's fetal alcohol exposure, he was mentally retarded. He lacked the ability to reason through life's choices. He compensated by allowing whomever he was with to tell him what his decisions should be. This resulted in his inability to follow social norms. However, despite the copious amount of documentation concerning his disabilities, the legal system of Idaho failed to provide adequate help for him. They processed him through the system using standardized norms despite the protests of counselors and psychiatrists who had cared for Peter. He died in an Idaho penitentiary instead of being protected and cared for in a mental health facility. Peter knew he was a victim of an inadequate justice system and would like others who are presently in his situation to be acknowledged and appropriately cared for. Peter was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Beverly Canfield and paternal grandfather Riley Curtright. He is survived by parents Timothy and Judy; sister Sarah; sister Jeanne (Mike) and children Cherie, Connor, and Ashton; brother Nicholas (Bridgette) and son Kaleb; grandparents Florence Curtright, Burt and Shirley Canfield; as well as numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins spread across Idaho and the rest of the country. Memorials may be given to Birthright of Boise (208) 342-1898 or The Gideons International www.gideons.org. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday Aug. 6, 2007 at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Peter went home to Jesus on Aug. 1, 2007. And after you have suffered for a little, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. I Peter 5:10
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 5, 2007
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