Feistner Army Major Curtis Donald, 34, died Feb. 21 in a helicopter crash in the Philippines while on a mission supporting the war against terrorism. Curt was a proud member of the Special Air Operations Air Regiment-Task Force 160th, ``Nightstalkers.'' Most recently, Curt commanded Echo company of the 160th stationed in South Korea. Raised in Birchwood, an Eagle Scout, and graduated from White Bear HS in 1986. Upon graduating from the United States Military Academy-West Point in 1990, Curt served as an Army aviator in a variety of leadership positions for numerous worldwide operations. A talented athlete and outdoorsman, an avid parachutist who also competed in sporting events such as Hawaii's Iron Man triathlon. Preceded in death by father, Donald. Survived by mother, Arlene and her husband Ralph Larson; brothers, Alan (Becci Lund, niece Catherine, nephew Andrew) and Bruce (Arielle Schwartz). Memorial service at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi, 11 am Saturday, March 2. Interment at Ft. Snelling Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to ``Nightstalker Association-Curt Feistner Scholarship Fund,'' or donor's choice.
Published in Star Tribune on Mar. 1, 2002