Gary D. Curtis was born Feb. 3, 1933, and will celebrate his 80th birthday today with Super Bowl fans everywhere. He was born in Hyrum to Leland D. and Ruth Thomas Curtis, the middle child of five. As a child, the family moved to Ogden, where he attended Pingree, Lewis and Washington Terrace elementary schools, Mound Fort Junior High School and Weber High School class of 1951.
In 1959, he married Patricia "Pat" Prelle, and they settled in Riverdale. They have three sons.
He joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1958 and worked through the ranks of apprentice, journeyman, and finally master electrician. Throughout his 37 years in the electrical trade, he worked for numerous contractors, finally retiring from Winward Electric in 1995.
He served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Washington Terrace Jaycees, serving in many capacities, including president. He worked as a civil servant in Washington D.C. for five years during the Reagan administration and served on the local Board of the International Footprinters Association for many years.
He is an avid golfer and lays claim to two holes in one, a seasonal fisherman, a landscaper and an architect, having designed and built numerous additions on his property and for others. He also enjoys growing tomatoes and is a struggling artist.
Their children are Kelly and Olivia Curtis, Texas; Chris Curtis, Texas; and Carey and Jamie Curtis, Ohio. Their grandchildren are Courtney Curtis, Chase Curtis, Samantha Curtis, Maddie Curtis and Jordan Curtis.