Born March 4, 1924

Kenneth V. Curtis, passed away Sunday June 9, 2013 of natural causes. Born March 4, 1924 in Orangeville, Emery County, Utah to John Solomon Curtis and Mary Jane Elisabeth Allred. Married his beloved Ruby Willson on August 23, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Served with distinction with the Salt Lake City Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief, combat division, he was appointed Deputy Chief, before his retirement in June 1983. He was known and fondly referred to by his fire department family as "Curly". Ken graduated from Jordan High School, Sandy Utah in 1942, attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California and the University of Utah. Served during World War II in the US Navy and was assigned to Naval Aviation Squadron VPB116, where he flew missions in the South Pacific theater as a combat navigator/radio man, and gunner. He was a member of the LDS Church. He was active and independent right up to the time of his death. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. His favorite pastimes were bowling , golfing and amateur astronomy. Ken is survived by his son, Byron T. Curtis (Georgia), daughter Valin D. Miranker (Daniel) daughter in law Sally Curtis, brother Uriah (Sharon), and sister Iris Malmstrom (Norman). Grandchildren, Darryl and Bradley Curtis (Holly), Kai Cee Goodwin (Dallas), Creekston and Bridger Curtis, and Emmett and Calder Miranker. Great grandchildren, Victoria and Mark McCarron, Jack, Andy and Charlie Lopez, and Anniston Curtis. Preceded in death by his wife Ruby, son Allen L. Curtis, grandson Tracy, parents, brothers Alma, Nephi, Irwin, Legrand, Norman and Ivan. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. A viewing will be held Thursday June 13, 2013 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services with be Friday June 14, 2013 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 2:00 p.m. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Murray City Cemetery.


  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2013


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January 7, 2014

Thank you Hero

Susan Dahn Pierce

June 14, 2013

Ken and Ruby were great friends to my parents, Frank and Norma Dahn, and my Inlaws, Roland and Charlene Pierce. I remember star gazing with him at the arches. What a wonderful man.

Susan Dahn Pierce

June 14, 2013

Ken and Ruby were great friends to my parents, Frank and Norma Dahn, and my Inlaws, Roland (Clem) and Charlene Pierce. I remember star gazing with him at the arches. What a wonderful man.

June 14, 2013

We loved Ken and Ruby. We have lost a great friend. Now he can see the great arches in the sky after more than 30 years of seeing the Arches here on earth. No telescope needed. May God bless all of the family.
Parky and Yvonne

Dan Andrus

June 13, 2013

Cheif Curtis was an outstanding fire officer and leader. He always knew the right thing to do and lead with a clear direction and a very wry sense of humor. He was a great friend to my father (also hired in 1950) and was very kind to me. I will always remember his kindness when my grandfather died in 1980. I took many lessons from him in my own fire service career and he taught me much just by being the kind of man he was. My deepest sympathies are with his family on the loss of a great man.

June 13, 2013

Valin and Byron,

Your dad was a wonderful role model and mentor to me; he always had such great wisdom to share.
I feel so fortunate to have been friends with you and to have had the opportunity to have known such an exceptional example of a husband, father, grandfather and friend.

We will never forget Ken.

Beth and Mark

DeeDee Kanady

June 13, 2013

Valin and family,
I was saddened to hear of Ken passing. I am sure he is with Ruby and so happy again. I will never forget the years of working with him at Headquarters, the Mountain Men outings, the steak frys, the parties, etc. that I was lucky enough to be a part of. Ken was instrumental in my interest in astronomy and I have never seen Jupiter since Ken showed it to me. He will be mom and dad (Betty and Earl Kenworthy) will be happy to see him again.

June 13, 2013

As secretary of the Peter Fullmer Family Organization, we extend our condolences to you at this time. Wendy Rennert

Roxanna Naylor

June 13, 2013

Georgia - Sorry to hear about Byron's dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you both at this difficut time. Love, Roxanna Beckstead-Naylor

Joe Johnson

June 12, 2013

It's not goodbye to Uncle Ken only until we meet again. I know uncle Ken is sitting with the love of his life Aunt Ruby as well as all those who preceded him.I will remember talking to him and learning something each time. God bless all and God's speed to to uncle Ken.
Joe and JoAnn Johnson