In Memory

David Curtis

David Curtis

  David Curtis  (1945 - 2017)

David L. Curtis, M.D. passed away in San Francisco, CA on July 23, 2017 after a battle of more than a year with acute myelofibrosis and leukemia. 

David graduated from Olympus High School followed by Colgate University. He graduated from Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons, with his internship & residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a rheumatology fellowship at UCSF. He practiced rheumatology in San Francisco for over four decades. Through his practice he was involved in research. He taught medical ethics at Stanford Medical School, and medicine UC Berkeley and UCSF. David was a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He was awarded the Regional Top Doctor recognition by Castle Connolly in 2014.

David was an avid skier, tennis player, biker and hiker. He loved all classical music, especially the classical guitar. He enjoyed traveling, the theater and the arts. He took joy in making wine from his private vineyard in the Napa Valley - the Curtis Family Vineyard - Calistoga, California.

David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nora Carolina Blay, his son, Andrew Blay Curtis, SF, CA, his children through marriage, Mark Loney (Melanie), Orinda, CA, Lauren Loney-Gunning (David), SF, CA, grandchildren Ashleigh & Tyler Loney and Claire & Kathryn Gunning.

David is also survived by his parents David H and Rosetta Curtis, SLC, UT, his sisters Julie Bryant, Annette Curtis Richie (Larry), SLC, UT, Susan Curtis, Colorado Springs, CO, nephews Taylor Bryant (Mary), Nathan Curtis Richie, Devin Curtis Richie, of SLC, and his niece Cynthia Bryant (Ben Simmons) of Cessy, France.

A memorial service and celebration of David's life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on August 17th at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in his name to the Community Health Resource Center at California Pacific Medical Center, the Huckleberry Youth Programs, SF or the Zen Hospice Project, SF.

Published in Deseret News on July 30, 2017