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John Shipp Curtis

06/15/1947 - 11/27/2019

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John returned home to be with family and his Heavenly Father on November 27, 2019.  John was born into the loving home of Norman and Hazel Curtis in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 15, 1947. He was the eldest in his family, with his sister Gaye Belle, brother Jim and little sister Becky.

He spent his days playing baseball, riding his bike, fishing with his grandpa, hiking with his dad, wrestling, eating his mom’s homemade bread, delivering newspapers and hanging out with the guys. He graduated from South High School.  John was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Andes Mission. He enjoyed his mission and the people in South America but returned home with a lifelong dislike for rice.

After returning home he enrolled and attended the University of Utah and worked at the University of Utah Hospital.  John and Lorrie met on a blind date to the planetarium.  After a while John proposed to his sweetheart Lorrie. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on August 10, 1972.

They have lived in the most wonderful neighborhood in Sandy, Utah.  John and Lorrie are the proud parents of three sweet and loving daughters, Kristy, Tammy and Cindy. They are the light of their lives and enjoyed picnics on the side of the road, swimming, camping, fishing in the Uinta Mountains and working together as a family. They have been blessed with seven grandchildren, Brandon, Austin, Katlyn, Colton, Jadon, Tyler, and Koen. Grandpa loves each one of his family dearly.

John served in the Utah National Guard 1st Battalion 145th Field Artillery for 27 years. He was proud to serve his country.  After retiring from the guard, he returned to school and received his Registered Nursing degree.  John collected hats, antique radios, Campbell soup mugs, military memorabilia, fishing poles, chocolate, Wintergreen life savers, old church books, Louis L’amour and Zane Gray books and computers. He couldn’t wait for each Tuesday to go shopping with his brother Jim. They would stop by to get a Chocolate Frosty on the way home.

John was a member of the Peruvian Park Ward in Sandy.  He served in the Scouting program taking trips to Wind Rivers, Gilbert Lake, Trial Lake and spent time hiking and fishing in his favorite places in the Uinta Mountains. He enjoyed taking his wife Lorrie fishing. He even loved to put the worms on her fishing pole.

He loved to serve in the many Priesthood Callings in the ward. His favorite was serving with Lorrie as Ward Missionaries.  John loved Lorrie, each member of his family, and the members of the Peruvian Park Ward. He had a close relationship with his Heavenly Father and loved his Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Forever by your side” ~Lorrie.

John’s funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday December 4, 2019 at the Peruvian Park Ward, 1475 E 8600 S, Sandy Utah.  A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening December 3, 2019 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E Dimple Dell Road (10600 S) Sandy, Utah and Wednesday from 11:00-11:45 a.m. at the ward.

Interment will be at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery.

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  • Dearest Lorrie & Family,
    I am sorry to hear about John. I pray that you will feel God’s peace & comfort.
    Love Colleen

    — Colleen Pierce
  • We love you John and Lorrie. Awesome couple, always caring and sharing. Our young ones grew up together and are still friends..we will miss John but know he will be beside his sweet Lorrie.

    — Shirley Roberts
  • My heart goes out to your family in this time of loss and sorrow. You have my deepest and most sincere sympathies.

    — laurie gunkel

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