We note with great sadness the unexpected death of Layton Mayor Steve Curtis, who died in his sleep between Thanksgiving night and Friday morning.
Mayor Curtis was near the end of his second term as Layton city mayor at his death. He provided a long history of service to the city and Davis County. Prior to his eight years as mayor, Curtis spent 10 years on the Layton City Council. Curtis had decided not seek a third term as mayor.
The mayor's influence extended far beyond Layton's city limits. He served as a member of the Utah Defense Alliance as well as the Utah Transit Authority's Board of Trustees.
The end of his tenure as mayor had not been intended as an end of Curtis' career of service. He was president and a board of member of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He also sat on the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District Boards of Directors and was on the executive board of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
Curtis shared his business expertise in many ways. For the past couple of years, he had written a weekly business column for the Standard-Examiner. The mayor's knowledge contributed to our newspaper's value, A recent column for the Standard-Examiner is at http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/11/21/cooperation-between-governmen....
There was a poignancy to Curtis' last couple of years. The financial recession affected him and his family personally, as he lost his job. He dealt with these personal financial challenges with dignity, and maintained his usual high standards as mayor of Layton city.
He was a good man, a fine leader and we'll miss him. We are grateful, though, for the legacy of good government that he left for Layton and the rest of Utah.