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Steve Curtis

March 22, 1958May 16, 2019
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Steve Curtis was born on March 22, 1958 in Washington DC, Washington, D.C. and passed away on May 16, 2019.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, June 1, 2019

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Dave Abernethy

June 3, 2019

I knew Steve during his time here at Naples Lakes. We enjoyed playing golf with him and just being around him made everyone
feel good. We've kept him in our prayers for the last two years, so we're hoping the Lord took him because He has something
special for him to do. We have missed here ever since he went back home, but he is forever a Rooster, and will forever be
honored on our Rooster departed plaque. Rest in Peace my friend.........

Lia Anderson

June 1, 2019

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
-Eskimo Proverb

Love ya’

Gary Peront

June 1, 2019

I have only know Steve for a little over 3 years and during that time we have shared many stories about our families and the crazy things each of us did growing up. I greatly appreciated his wit, sense of humor and his unique perspective about life. One thing I am certain about Steve, is that he truly loved being a father to Jenny, Katie and Steve and being Pop Pop to Carley and Finn. I will miss not being able to continue to share stories about our families, grand kids and the comical things they do.
You will be missed my friend.
Gary and Dawn Peront

Terry Priest

June 1, 2019

I didn’t have any other friendships like the one I had with Steve, he had a sharp wit and quick smarts. While we shared many common interests, love of family and devotion to children, we both loved to argue and often went back and forth. Those debates helped keep my mind sharp! I greatly valued our friendship and will miss him very much!

Carlos Crutch

June 1, 2019

I met Coach Steve when we were rival coaches and would later have the pleasure of coaching both, Jennie and Katie. What I loved about Steve was that he was fiercely competitive and that he loved his children. As he allowed me to assume a familiar place in his girls` life as "coach" I gained a better vantage point to see him in his role a dad. I would seek advice from him on how to be an effective coach to his daughters'. Jennie was yes coach. Katie would say yes coach, but I have a question. I enjoyed the few seasons that I had to be apart of not only Jennie and Katie`s journey but also Steve's, as he battled with brain cancer. He had a tenacious attitude and zest for life. I was sadden to hear of his passing. My prayers are with the family. Steve has made great deposits - carry on his legacy. Blessings

Peter McLaughlin

June 1, 2019

During Steve’s short time living in Atlantic City, we spent many times riding our bikes for long distances. There were two summers we rode our bikes from Atlantic NJ to Ocean City, MD. Steve, Tom Sears and I would mount up and ride to the Cape May Lewes Ferry , then continue to Ocean City. Spend one night , drink, eat and create havoc . Only to get up the next day and head home. We always told people, we peddled three states in one day.

Eat, Drink and Create Havoc. So many laughs and great times. I just could never beat him at pool. I thought I was a pretty good pool shooter. Every time I shot pool with him ........ every time! You owe me a game, Steve. Get that pool stick chalked up. The first thing you and I are doing when we met,
* Cold Beer
* Pool , Best Out Of Three

I love you, my man. Say Hi to my Dad while you’re up there!

Bryan, Nikki, Victoria and Carter Haraden

May 31, 2019

As I think back through the years, I am constantly reminded of lots of laughter, constant joking and never ending teasing of one another. For as long as I have had the privilege to know the Haraden Family I have been blessed to know the Curtis 5. The Haradens and the Curtis' just go hand in hand. In the early years the two families were all young and living under one roof. This made life a constant adventure that they still talk about, and lucky for them all more like family. When I came into the picture, I was welcomed by Steve and Linda, and it felt as though I had known them my entire life. Steve always found a way to tease you, and I grew to know that it was one of his MANY ways that he showed he LOVED you, and he gave the best big hugs! His bigger than life personality, and love for his family and close friends ran deep. When Bryan and I started a family, Steve brought all 3 kids down to the hospital to meet our little one Victoria and again 3 years later to welcome Carter. It meant so much to have them there to start a whole new tradition of kids and the importance of family. The time we got with Steve was not long enough, however his legacy will continue to be told through his amazing children, and incredible grand children. Hoping and praying that the memories we all share of our time with this incredible man may comfort the family and and all of us in the days and years ahead. Forever missed and never forgotten!

Emily Capps

May 31, 2019

I met the Curtis twins in 6th grade and due to our adventurous spirits, we required many rides around Beaverton from our parents. This included my first introduction to Steve and the big red truck. Let me tell you, I don't think I met someone as tall as Steve until I met him! I also was intimidated by his sense of humor and strong voice. It took me a little while to understand how funny he was and now I have learned that his same sense of humor remains present in his children. His spirit will continue to be passed down. Sending love to everyone who has been impacted by his life!

Kevin Bender

May 31, 2019

Steve , you were my oldest friend since 3rd grade, as we moved into the area. Saint Camillus school we played on baseball teams together, alter boys at church, etc. class room wild fun.
Though we went to different high schools, we enjoyed many fun / wild times together, party’s, hottodding, concerts, and including Tony Laubach with many of them.
We 3 hunted together and countless memories.
It honestly is a miracle we lived to be 60,
We were successful in our careers thank God and he
us with children and grandkids,
We were the most fortunate, lucky and blessed.

Who would have known !

Steve , I just retired from DC Metro after 40 years, and unfortunately, I was not able to get to FL and play golf, etc. with you.
When I ‘earn’ my way to heaven with you , we will play that round of golf, with you and your dad, Tony and his dad, plus me and my dad !
The 19th hole at God’s club house will be on me.

Love you man,
Kevin😇

Tiffany Andrews

May 31, 2019

I am lucky and fortunate to have so many memories with, and because of, the Curtis Family. I met Katie and Jenny in elementary school and growing up Steve took us on some of the best adventures that I will never forget. Some of my favorite memories/trips with the Curtis’: my first trip to Hagg Lake, the mountain house, Washington DC, Rehoboth Beach, and the countless memories in that big red truck.

Steve was our basketball coach growing up, and I think it is time that we all thank Steve for enabling my half-court shot :) it’s not pretty, but it is hilarious. Thanks Coach!

Steve’s humor, laugh, and smile will be greatly missed.

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Biography

James Stephen Curtis was born on March 22, 1958 in Washington D.C. to the late Robert L. Curtis and Mary C. Curtis. He attended school at St. Camillus and High Point High School where he met many lifelong friends. As a child Steve was an active athlete and hard worker.

Steve moved to Florida in his twenties in pursuit of the year round sunshine. It was there he met Linda Carter. Together they had three children, James Stephen Curtis Jr., Kathryn Beatrice Curtis and Jennifer Lynn Curtis. Steve and Linda later moved to Oregon to raise their children.

Steve was a beloved coach to many throughout the years, coaching basketball, baseball and volleyball for all of his children. His title of “Coach Steve” was one of his proudest and he maintained relationships with his players for many years following his coaching career. Once his children reached high school, Steve became a dedicated spectator, attending every game and practice that he could.

After many years with the City of Beaverton, Steve retired as the Water Distribution Manager in 2009. Throughout his retirement Steve was an avid outdoorsman. He travelled across the country to Yellowstone, Zion, the Grand Canyon and Olympic National Parks where he enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing. During the winter months Steve enjoyed skiing with his son on Mount Hood and in Park City, Utah.

Once his children were in college he chose to move to Naples, Florida where he created a wonderful network of friends. In Florida he enjoyed golfing several times a week, canoeing, biking and relaxing on the beach.

After surviving brain cancer for ten years, Steve was diagnosed with ALS in August 2016. Following his diagnosis he moved from Florida back to Oregon to be near his children. Throughout his disease Steve was cared for by his children in his home. Steve received excellent treatment at the Providence ALS Center with support from the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of the ALS Association.

The greatest gifts of Steve’s life came to him in August 2018. Steve’s son and daughter in law, Steve and Katie, welcomed Carley Lynn on August 14, 2018. Six days later Steve’s daughter and son in law, Jenny and Brant, welcomed Finley Quinn on August 20, 2018.

After living with ALS for almost three years, Steve passed away in his home in the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2019 while surrounded by all of his children.

Steve is survived by his children Katie, Steve and his wife Katie, their daughter Carley, Jenny and her husband Brant, their daughter Finley, and their mother Linda. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and beloved friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Steve’s memory to The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter. Gifts can be made at: http://webor.alsa.org/goto/InMemoryofSteveCurtis, 503-238-5559 ext 105, 700 NE Multnomah St, Suite 210, Portland, Oregon 97232.