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W. Gene Curtis

W. Gene Curtis, 80, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away Dec. 25, 2007, after a courageous battle with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. Gene was born Jan. 30, 1927, to Wesley and Jeannette Curtis. Gene grew up in the Denver area, graduating from Denver South High School and furthering his education at the University of Denver. His college career was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II; then Gene returned to DU, graduating with a double major in economics and math. He was then accepted into the Masters Program at Stanford University. Gene married the love of his life, Marylyn “Lindy” Lindblade in 1949, on the “Bride and Groom Show,” a live radio program in Hollywood, Calif. Gene worked briefly for KOA radio in Denver, and then was hired by KGLN Radio prompting a move to Glenwood Springs, where both of his parents had grown up and graduated from high school. Gene was a popular local broadcaster, newsman, play-by-play announcer for high school sports and summer rec league softball games, and a favorite MC for the Strawberry Days Parade and other local events. Gene and Lindy purchased Van’s Sporting Goods, which they renamed All Star Sports. Gene grew the business into five area stores, which he owned and operated for over 20 years. Gene’s success involved more than work, extending to his family, church and community. Gene served on the Glenwood Springs City Council and was mayor of the city in the early 1970s. Gene was a banker and also a Kansas City Life Insurance salesman, winning many awards for excellence, which provided wonderful opportunities for travel. In the mid 1980s, Gene and Lindy traded the beauty of Colorado for the warmer environs of Arizona, where Gene sold real estate for Leisure World Realty and could be found pursuing his love of golf. As devoted Christians, Gene and Lindy were passionate about their faith. Gene served as an elder and usher at Broadway Christian Church, they both enjoyed fellowship at Leisure World Bible Study and were leaders of Hope Fellowship in Leisure World. Gene is survived by children Christy (Dik) Abbott of Cedaredge, Connie (Steve) Casey of Glenwood Springs, Jeff Curtis of Mesa, Ariz., and Caralee (Bob) Berg of Gilbert, Ariz.; and grandchildren Aaron (Hayley) Abbott, Rebecca (Brian) Kuster, Jordan Lyn Abbott, Jason, Jenna Lee, and Jessica Berg, McKenna and Kellin Curtis Casey. Gene was preceded in death by his wife; and son Joel Reed (stillborn).Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Broadway Christian Church in Mesa. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ, 85018.Arrangements were handled by Mountain View Memorial Gardens.


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