Obituary (September 19, 1952 - June 7, 2010)

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Larry Byam Curtis 1952 ~ 2010 SANDY, UTAH -

Larry Byam Curtis, 57, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2010, at an extended care facility in Holladay. After a long, heart-breaking battle with Alzheimer's disease, Larry is finally at peace, returned to his heavenly home.

Larry was born in Berkeley, CA, on September 19, 1952 to Clarence and Alice Nyland Curtis. Larry grew up and attended high school in CA.

Larry later moved to Utah and married the love of his life, Lorrene Taylor Lantis. Together, they had two amazing boys, Randy and Alan, while also caring for Lorrene's wonderful daughter, Sabrina. Larry loved all three children deeply; they were the joy of his life.

Larry attended the U of U to earn his BS in Civil Engineering. Larry's work as a Civil Engineer sent him all over the world, especially involving his innovative efforts to earthquake-proof buildings. Larry also helped prepare Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Larry loved civil engineering, comparing it to a gigantic puzzle benefiting entire communities.

Larry loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed watching his children participate in sports and spent much of his time coaching them. He taught his children and many others how to snow ski. Larry's love of nature led him to also actively enjoy camping, swimming, and water skiing. Larry loved music and enjoyed playing his guitar to his favorite artists such as The Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, and Heart.

He is survived by two sons Randy (Quinn) and Alan both of Sandy; a daughter, Sabrina (Robert) Shunk-wiler of Orange County, CA; three sisters Linda Harris, Lisa Curtis of CA; Coleen of AZ; four grandchildren, and numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Larry was preceded in death by his wife Lorrene in 2008, and his parents.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Union Park 5th Ward Building, 7679 Chad Street, Midvale, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at the Midvale City Cemetery.

Larry will be remembered best for his cheerful, loving heart. Larry brought sunshine and a smile to all blessed to know him. Larry's family would like to offer a special thanks to the many wonderful people who cared for Larry so kindly in his final years of life, especially those at The Neighborhood House, Holladay Healthcare Center and Hospice. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com

Published in Deseret News on June 10, 2010