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Curtis Michael Ray

September 6, 1985February 11, 2021
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Curtis Michael Ray, age 35, of Denver, Colorado passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021. He was a graduate of Smithfield High School in 2004. He enlisted into the US Army in November 2002. He proudly served in a myriad of positions with the 367th and 244th Engineer Battalions, the 98th and 319th Signal Battalions, the 652nd Regional Support Group and finally with 2 BDE, 91st Training Division. To his military family, he will be remembered for his humor, strong work ethic, and unyielding commitment to his fellow soldiers. His patriotism and dedication will never be forgotten. Sergeant First Class Ray was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Metal (MSM) for his exceptional service to our nation. Curtis’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (posthumously), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), and Army Achievement Medal (2OLC). He was also an employee at Comcast for 8 years in various roles.

Curtis had a contagious smile that lit up the room. He will be remembered as a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He left an adventurous footprint everywhere he touched, and his memory will forever be engraved in our hearts. He never met a stranger. Curtis is survived by his loving wife, Flor Deniz Ray. He helped raise his five children, Alejandro, Alan, Jullien, Camilla and Sebastian with love, patience, and humility. He taught them the importance of education and family. As a family, they enjoyed hiking, traveling, attending live sporting events, and taking pictures. Curtis is sorely missed by his mother, Monica (Joe); father, Curtis (Lynn); siblings, Toni (Eric), Curt, Jr., and Tiffany, and special niece, Taylor (Darrin), along with countless other close friends and relatives. Curtis believed that family is not defined by last names or by blood; it is defined as commitment and life. He believed in showing up and having each other’s backs. He believed that family was defined by love not blood. Curtis left a legacy through his wife, children, family, and friends with how he lived and loved. He left a selfless legacy as an organ donor. His donation provided at least six people with hope amid our terrible loss…a gift of a better life. Curtis will be remembered for the life he gave as well as the life he lived!

Funeral services will be held at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Ave. Colorado Spring, CO 80925. He will rest peacefully at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Spring, CO 80925.

The family would like to express our thanks for the gracious help and care given by St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana; U.S. Army, Comcast, and Shield Kennel.

“A funeral is not a day in a lifetime, it’s a lifetime in a day.”

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

Memories

Curtis Michael Ray

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Veronica Estrada

February 26, 2021

Curtis gave me the best birthday gift!
Thank for you for encouraging me to jump out of that plane, honestly I couldn’t of done it without you by my side.
“ Vee, I’ll do it with you... I’ll be right behind you”

Patty Diaz

February 25, 2021

Thank you for helping me become the mother and woman I am today. For being so amazing and there for Ju. I’m proud you’re forever Ju’s Father, like he calls you.

Sincerely,

Patty D.

Rick Music

February 25, 2021

I apologize in advance for the length of this and it being two parts, I didn’t realize how much I had to say (and it still feels like too little) until I was done.
I worked side by side with Curtis at comcast for several years. We talked frequently even while he was deployed to Poland and domestically for the inauguration. It has been said already, but he was always looking out for others. I know his family was his number one priority, which is part of why he went to Poland…so he could provide even more for them. However, he was constantly asking what he could do to continue to support the team…even from a different continent…eight hours ahead of us. Anything he could do to help others was more important to him than any inconvenience or discomfort to himself. Not only did he care for others, but he did it with a smile on his face, a fantastic smile that brightened the room and made everyone else smile too.
I always laugh when I think about all the military operation names he would come up with for our various projects. One in particular makes me smile to no end. He and I were part of an eight-person team but were the only ones in Colorado and worked with each other daily. We became very close and he decided that the two of us needed our own operation name. We talked about it, decided to incorporate both our last names, and came up with Musical Sting Ray. It made me smile, but not nearly as much as when he showed me that he also designed the logo below for us.
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Rick Music

February 25, 2021

All that being said, the most important part to me about who Curtis was is that not only did he say the right things to help you feel better, but he was absolutely sincere about what he was saying. He loved people and gave everyone a chance. When we travelled to Philly for work, we spent almost all our non-work time checking out the sights, shopping for Eagles gear (they had just won the Super Bowl, I only mention it because we all know he would want us to remember that), or shopping for souvenirs for his kids (also often Eagles gear). I am sharing my favorite picture from that trip of us at the rocky statue looking like a couple of dorks. When Curtis told me, he was going to go see his family, I did not want to intrude and told him to have a good time. Instead of heading out he invited me along. We spent the rest of the evening hanging out with his uncle’s family, drinking, and telling stories. It was one of the highlights of that trip.
I love you Curtis! Thanks for welcoming me to your family, I hope you know you will always be part of mine as are the rest of the family. Only thing left is to give you a big hug, tell ya I love you again and I’ll look forward to seeing you again one day. Love ya Curtis!

Gloria Nebarez

February 24, 2021

I had the privilege to train Curtis when he started at Comcast, he had a great sense of humor and was always willing to help. When I found out that my mom had passed away while I was at work, Curtis didn't hesitate to run to my side to comfort me, asking if I needed anything, he was so sweet he was willing to take me home. We were always talking about the military, I am a Army veteran and enjoyed listening to his adventures with the military, what a beautiful soul he had. I have a military poem I would like to share.

Time to come home, dear brother.
Your tour of duty is complete.
You’ve given all that you could.
You clearly gave it all.
And through your selfless actions
Other will hear the call.
So take your place of honor among those who have gone before
And know you will be remembered.
For now and evermore...
RIP CURTIS, YOUR WATCH IS OVER, WE GOT IT FROM HERE!

God Bless your family, and I pray for comfort and healing.

Kris Beach

February 24, 2021

Curtis always had a smile or a hug each and every day. I was looking at my memories today and came across this poem which made me think of Curtis: Don't Cry For Me
Don't cry for me. I will be okay. Heaven is my home now, and this is where I'll stay.
Don't cry for me. I'm where I belong. I want you to be happy and try to stay strong.
Don't cry for me. It was just my time, but I will see you someday on the other side.
Don't cry for me. I am not alone. The angels are with me to welcome me home.
Don't cry for me, for I have not fear. All my pain is gone, and Jesus took my tears.
Don't cry for me. This is not the end. I'll be waiting here for you when we meet again.

Curtis, you will be missed and you were truly loved by many.

Aimee McDowd

February 24, 2021

My husband, Luke, was a friend and teammate of Curtis' at Comcast. I also work for Comcast but did not work with Curtis directly. Even so I am forever grateful for the friendship he shared with Luke. He made sure Luke was encouraged, welcomed and felt appreciated. Curtis always made a person feel fully embraced because he was fully present with you in the moment. He held up everyone around him with his friendship and his effortless love. I know his memory will continue to hold us up.

I include this picture because I thought it captured their team so well, and his beautiful smile.

Heather Khan

February 24, 2021

So much has been said about Curtis' smile but it was one of the most incredible smiles I've ever seen. Curtis and I worked in the same office and for a time, sat near each other. We talked frequently and one thing that I remember is that we frequently arrived at the office at the same time and would chat in the parking lot as we walked in. I always complimented his car and his ability to arrive so early to the office after driving to Denver from the Springs. He played it off as if it was no big deal. He was genuinely happy to be at work and we were all genuinely happy to have the pleasure of knowing him. R.I. P. You now have your Angel Wings.

Socorro Devezin

February 24, 2021

My brother always smile ..every time that I call my husband "babe " He always respond me "yes babe " with a big smile

Briana Pixley

February 23, 2021

I am saddened to hear of this loss. I too was a leader at Comcast that had the joy of having Curtis on my team. He was such a ray of sunshine and positive energy. That smile was heart warming everyday. To his family and close friends know that he was a true and genuine human being and the size of his heart was tremendous! Honored to have know him on his journey. Until we meet again

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