William P. Curtis

William P. Curtis
William P. Curtis, 89, died July 28, 2007 at his home. He was born in Wilcox, Ariz., on Nov. 11, 1917, to Norman Eugene and Louise M. Curtis.
He graduated from Tyler High School, Tax., in 1935. During his youth he learned to ride and train horses and continued working with horses, competing rodeos in horse racing and bull riding.
He married Viola Van Asdlan on June 23, 1943. During the late 1940s, he was an aircraft mechanic with consolidated Aircraft. He worked on aircraft for the next 15 years. He was employed by the US Air Force in 1951 as an aeronautics electrician and quality control inspector at Davis-Montham Air force Base until 1963, when the family moved to the Bay area.
He helped establish the Desert Neptune Diving Club while living in Tucson in 1959 and became a member of the National Association of Skin Divers. He trained many of the Pima Co. Search and Rescue Divers and received the gratitude of many he helped save.
While in the Bay area, he returned to working with horses for private citizens. He also worked with the Redwood City School District until 1972 when an injury caused him permanent disability. During his recuperation he forged trails in San Mateo County parks and was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Woodside Trails Committee for his equestrian trails. A bridge across Redwood Creek adjacent to freeway 280 is named the William Curtis Trail Bridge.
He and his wife moved to the Rogue Valley in 1979 and purchased a ranch in Eagle Point. He joined the Independent Order of Foresters, the Loyal Order of the Moose, the Eagles and the Good Samaritan Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an older sister, Frances Amy Sage. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, and his daughter, Martha Louise Curtis, of Phoenix, two grandsons and a granddaughter.  

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