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Larry Charles Curtis

November 19, 1944November 8, 2021

Larry C. Curtis (76) Passed away surrounded by his loving family early Monday morning, November 8th, 2021 at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. Larry was born, November 19, 1944 to Charles & Romaine (Russell)Curtis in Colfax, Washington.

At 1-year of age Larry went to live with his Aunt and Uncle, Doris and Peter Swanda. He was raised by them until he graduated from Colfax High School in 1963. Larry was a member of the “Bulldogs” Baseball and Basketball teams. Following graduation, Larry went on to attend Eastern Washington State College (now University). Prior to his graduation with a BA Degree in 1969, Larry married Miss Judy Walker on, August 26, 1967 at Ridgeview Assembly of God church in Spokane, Washington. Larry also served in the Washington National Guard from 1963-1968.

A born teacher who loved not only to educate but more importantly to “inspire” his students; “Mr. Curtis”, “L.C.”, “Pops” touched the lives of many Lake Roosevelt School students from 1969 until his retirement in 2000. His litany of duties during those 31 years included teaching “Art”, “Current World Problems”, “4th Grade Math”, “The Credit Retrieval Program” and his greatest joy (after teaching)…”Coaching Student Athletes”.

Larry participated in numerous activities at the “Grand Coulee Nazarene Church”, “Grand Coulee Senior Center”, “Grand Coulee Art Club”, and “Banks Lake Golf Course.” Always active, Larry loved spending time in the fresh air Golfing, Camping, Fishing and chasing down bargains at garage sales and 2nd Hand Stores. When at home, he enjoyed a reading, watching sports and creating art in various mediums; however Larry’s greatest joy and passion was spending time with Judy and their family, and dog Jazzy.

Predeceased by both of his parents and his sisters Ronnie Smith and Helen Mae Larson; and Brothers-in-law Loren Walker and Bud Larson, Larry’s legacy lives on through his beloved wife of 54 years: Judy Curtis; children: Kelly Jo Heinlen (Mark) and K.C. Curtis (Marnie); grandchildren: Jacob Morasch (Jenn), Kaitlin Heinlen, Victoria Heinlen, Alexis Curtis (Daniel) and Hayden Curtis; great-grandchild: Dot Momoko Robinson; siblings: Shannon Goodwin, Nikki Lettermaier, Tamara Curtis, Todd Curtis and Edward Knott; cousins: Christi DeKraai and Jeannine Henley; Sister-in-law Margarete Walker, Nephews Robert and Roger Walker and Aaron Smith (Annie) as well as numerous other cousins, nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held for Larry at the Grand Coulee Nazarene Church at 11:00am, Saturday, November 20th, 2021. A family burial will take place in Hay, Washington at a later date.

Persons who wish may make a donation in Larry’s memory may donate to “Grand Coulee Church of the Nazarene”, 45925 WA-174, Grand Coulee, WA 99133, “Children’s Hospital“, Seattle, WA, or “Special Olympics”, Spokane, WA.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting Larry’s family. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneral.com.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Casi Sambrano

November 20, 2021

First I'd like to say my Condolence go out to his wife Judy and his children KC and Kelly, sorry for your loss. I play softball with Larry and KC for many years, the joy and smile he had on his face when he would step on the field with his son. No doubt a father dream come true. I recall after he retired from LR he when to teach in Idaho for a short, The stories about how he wish he could do more on how he could help his student-and student athletes. A man with a true passion for teaching and coaching. Thank you Larry for the great stories and the fond memories playing softball with you. This is how I saw Larry Live his Life.
Some men see things as they are and say why, I Dream of things that never were and say why not. A man who, Saw a wrong and try to write it, Saw a suffering and try to heal it. That is the way he live , that's what he leaves us.
You will be deeply Miss.

Teri Taylor-Svendsen

November 18, 2021

Larry was my Daddy’s, Benny Taylor, best friend! Larry came to see my Daddy when he was sick and stayed ALL afternoon! They talked, laughed, shared stories, made plans for another visit and both said it was way past time for a visit! My Daddy passed on 9-21-21 and when I heard Larry passed, Kelly & I immediately thought they were making beer runs together in Heaven.
My heart goes out to the family, I know how it feels to lose someone so wonderful and you are all in my prayers!! I love you all so very much!!

Charlene Tracy

November 18, 2021

So sorry for the Curtis Family Loss. Larry was such a wonderful Teacher, and a very kind and gentle man. On many School
Events I attended as a School
Employee It was always so easy to talk to
Larry, And I enjoyed any time I was able to visit with him. All three of my children graduated from LRHS and enjoyed him
As a Teacher or Coach. A great man has been received in Heaven and has been reunited with his family members that preceded him. Rest in Peace Larry.

Janet Salter-Myrick

November 17, 2021

I was a student in art and phycology. in the school year 1971-1972. I loved being in his classes, but not so much phycology. I was looking at him and wondering if I could get away with drawing him instead of taking notes. He was one of the best instructors I ever had in my life and I was greatly saddened by the news of his passing. Best wishes to you all. My picture is hanging in Lake Roosevelt high School.

Shane Corbin

November 17, 2021

Mr. Curtis (LC) was working with the golf team while I was in high school. I have fond memories of him interacting with friends on the team. His smile, laugh, and skilled teaching style won't soon be forgotten by any of us. The Corbins and Davidsons are thankful for the moments we've shared with your family. Larry will be missed greatly.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY