Irwin "Butch" Curtis died June 27, 2003, after a valiant struggle with cancer. He was 60.
Butch was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Springville, Utah, to Irwin and Ada Stark Curtis. He graduated from Springville High School in 1960.
The following year he married Dianne Snelson. The couple had five children together. Dianne died of cancer in 1973, and the following year, Butch married Bonnie Carter Wing, with whom he had two children.
Butch began his career as a carpet layer before he attended the police academy. He was a police officer with the Springville Police Department. He also was a field officer for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Fish and Game Division and the marshal for Soldier Summit, Utah.
He also was a truck driver for 26 years, starting with Savage Brothers hauling coal. He eventually transferred to Western Coal, which brought him to Hayden, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors with his family.
Butch and his family wished to express their thanks and appreciation to family, friends and neighbors for the concerns, flowers, donations, visits and other assistance they have provided. The family also expressed thanks to Dr. Cordell J. Blott of Provo, Utah; Dr. Larry Kipe of Craig; and Hospice for the compassion, care and kindness they displayed.
Butch was preceded in death by his mother; an infant brother and a son, Ricky Don Curtis.
Butch is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his children, Wendy Anderson of St. George, Utah, Troy Wade Curtis and his wife, Donna, of Hayden, Shawn Curtis and his wife, Cathy, of Craig; Shad Curtis and his wife, Mindy, of Craig; Charity Curtis and Weston Payne of Oak Creek; and Ray Curtis of Hayden; his father, Irwin Curtis of Springville, Utah; three sisters, Faye Quarnberg and Donna Curtis of Mapleton, Utah, and Eva Peterson of West Valley, Utah; a brother, Doug Curtis of Yampa; and 12 grandchildren.
A viewing was held June 30, 2003, at Grant Mortuary. Funeral services were held July 1, 2003, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Craig.