Robert "Bob" Joseph Curtis

1947 ~ 2023

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Robert “Bob” Joseph Curtis, 75, died peacefully at home in his wife’s arms on January 19, 2023, in Sandy, Utah.

He was born August 5, 1947, in Murray, Utah, to Ethel Searcy and Wayne Curtis. He married the cutest girl at BYU (his words), Sandra “Sandi” Hansen, on August 4, 1970, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Bob attended Hillcrest High School, where he was on the varsity wrestling team. After high school, he went to the University of Utah for one year before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Texas. After his mission, he repented for attending the U and transferred to Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a degree in business. He was the first in his family to serve a mission and to go to college.

After graduation, Bob worked as a bank examiner for the FDIC. However, wanting to travel less and spend more time with his boys, he joined the Small Business Administration as a loan officer. Over his 30-year SBA career, Bob set a national record for the most loans to successful startups processed by one loan officer. Driving around Utah, his kids often joked that he could save time by pointing out the small businesses for which he didn’t approve the loans.

An avid gardener and sports fan, freshly picked tomatoes and the annual BYU football media guide were among his greatest joys, second only to spending time with family. Bob loved camping, fishing, traveling, and attending his sons’ little league baseball games. As a grandfather to 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, “Papa” was a beloved playmate and teller of silly stories (many beginning with the phrase, “Back when I was a little girl…”). Regardless of how he felt health-wise, playing with grandkids was always his top priority.

Bob was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he faithfully served in many callings.

He is survived by his wife, Sandi; four sons, Kyle (Sara), Chad (Melodee), Cameron (Catherine), and Brian (Megan); sisters, Carol (Michael) Harper, Marilyn (Scott) Burnett, Janene (Rod) Kruger, and JoEllen (A.J.) Peterson; grandchildren, Ambrielle (Gavin) Butler, Gavin, Corinne (Tyler) Deschamps, Ari, Dallin, Canon, Adah, Lydia, Ira, Eli, Emilia, Jonah, and Willow Bee; and great-grandchildren Declan and Thea.

Bob was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather whose life was guided by love, fun, and a (semi-irreverent) sense of humor. He will be remembered for his kindness and inexhaustible love for his family.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Larkin Mortuary, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, with a viewing starting at 12:30 pm. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Canyon Hospice for their compassion, expertise, and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, please spend some time on the floor playing with your grandchildren.

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Oh Sandi, I’m so sorry for your loss. I always loved seeing Bob up at Flat Iron reading his newspaper and enjoying the fresh air. Much love and prayers for you and your family.

- Barb Jones

We are saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

- Kathy & Dean Briggs

My heart and prayers are with all of you in this moment. God bless you with His love and peace knowing that we will see Bob again.

- Loida Ortiz

My heart and prayers are with all of you in this moment. God bless you with His love and peace knowing that we will see Bob again.

- Loida Ortiz

What?Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. May God’s loving presence comfort you, His perfect peace restore you, and His promise of eternal life sustain you during your time of loss: In Sympathy and Love…Tara

- Tara schip

Dear Sandi and family
Sharlene and I are on vacation in Arizona and we’re deeply sadden by the news of Bob’s passing. We have many cherish memories we shared with both of you. I continue to remember and tell stories related to Bob and how much fun we had growing up in Union. We would love to see you when we return to South Jordan. We will always remember the good times.
Love, Randy and Sharlene Goff

- Randy and Sharlene Goff

Sandi and family,

How I loved “Bobby”! He was one of the most fun, humorous and best work partners I have ever had the privilege of working with. Bob and I were the only loan specialists at the Utah SBA. Needless to say when he retired, it left a big hole and the job was never the same. He was a great co-worker and friend.

We will always remember the day when he was talking in his phone to one of his sons (Chad or Kyle I believe) and they were having car trouble. He then proceeded to ask them if they were anywhere near a phone!! For some reason the office has gotten very quiet and heard him ask that question. An uproar of laughter ensued and it Bob was not allowed to forget it.

He will be missed. Love to you all.

- Pat Fewkes

Life shared comfort you now and in the days ahead we are with you in spirit. Take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.

- Linda Curtis Jordan

I spent years working with Bob when doing SBA loans at several banks in Southern Utah. Bob always had a positive attitude and was a real problem solver with the result of helping others. We really enjoyed talking BYU sports. Bob was truly a great person. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

- Lee Fife