Ira Curtis “Curt” McKenzie, 87, of Tallahassee Florida, passed away on December 2, 2023. He was born in Frostproof Florida on June 1, 1936. He graduated from Frostproof High School; Lake City Community College and Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He was married to Linda Hart McKenzie for 64 years as of November 28, 2023.
Curt retired after a 31-year career with the State of Florida, serving in numerous positions. He was instrumental in the development and opening of the first Youthful Offender Correctional Facility in the State of Florida. He was an advocate for both adult inmates and juvenile reform. After retiring from the State of Florida, he was brought in by the Leon County Sheriffs Office to develop staff training programs. Additionally, he was instrumental in the design, development, and transition to the new Leon County Jail. He then went into private consulting and training in Criminal Justice.
He was very proud to be a retired Captain from the Florida Army National Guard after 20 years of service to our great country.
He was a member of the Scottish Rite as a 32nd Degree Mason, Royal Order of Jesters and the Florida Peace Officers Association which he served as a longtime Board Member, President and Executive Director.
Curt had a passion for Florida State University. He loved supporting the football program and baseball program and loved going to games with his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved taking his grandchildren on great adventures.
He is survived by his Wife, Linda McKenzie; Daughters, Kimberly McKenzie-Allen, Kris McKenzie-McRory (Scott); Grandchildren, Seth Allen (Miranda), Sean Allen (Shannon), Ramsey Keyes (Garrett), Ivey McRory; Great Grandson, Grant Curtis Allen; Brother, Buddy McKenzie & Sister, Mary Ann Simpson (Gene). He was preceded in death by his parents Ira L. McKenzie and Maggie Lou McKenzie and brothers James Harrison McKenzie and Johnny C. McKenzie
Visitation will be held on Thursday December 7th, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at
Culley’s Meadowood Funeral Home at 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. Closed funeral service for family will be held at Tallahassee National Cemetery on December 8th, 2023.