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Mayor Curtis leaves a lasting legacy with Layton City

Article Published 12/05/2013

Mayor Steve Curtis, Layton City’s 13th mayor, has left a lasting legacy on Davis County’s largest community.

Curtis served on the Layton City Council for 10 years and then nearly another eight years as mayor.

He died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 29 at the age of 58.

Mayor Curtis’ last public events were: 

Nov. 25, when Layton’s holiday lighting program has held. There he was on that evening, happily mingling and posing for photographs with Layton City residents after the holiday lights were turned on.

Nov. 27, when he helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner to airmen and their families at Hill Air Force Base – and he did that with a broken toe and boot on his foot.

During Curtis’ nearly 18 years in city government, Layton’s population grew from about 45,000 to some 70,000 residents.

He continued support for Layton’s “pay-as-you-go” financial philosophy. The City has been able to avoid debt and pay up front for its new facilities and public works projects for some 20 years now.

"Mayor Steve Curtis has left a lasting legacy on Layton City," Councilwoman, Joyce Brown stated. “We will never forget his booming voice at the July 4th Fun Run, or watching him dance with his granddaughter at the Valentine Dance.”   Brown continued: “Mayor Curtis represented his beloved city well. One of the Mayor's favorite things to do each year was to notify the Hometown Heroes. He loved arriving with the fire truck, sirens and lights going so the neighbors would gather and hear him announce that the person who lived here was a hometown hero.”

“He especially loved the years that we honored veterans.  It was very seldom that there was a City function that Mayor Curtis missed.”

“Mayor Curtis really was our "Friend, Neighbor and Mayor.  He lived his life true to the saying on his office wall, ‘Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play,’” Brown concluded.

“I only knew Steve Curtis, as an acquaintance, before I won election to the city council in 2009,” Councilman Barry Flitton stated. “Having served with him for the past four years I have learned a lot about him, both as a person and as a leader.”

“As a leader, I am very impressed that, as leaders should, he lead by example.  Steve attended almost every city function and, as a result, got to know most of the city staff, and they knew him.  He was loved for his ability to remember names and he made sure he referred to people by name.”

“He supported staff in a 'pay as you go' approach to managing the budget and that has resulted in Layton being considered "one of the best managed cities in the state", according to the latest audit.”

“As a person, I found Steve to be a dear friend, one who I could trust with confidences, and with personal feelings. His nature and characteristics were magnetic and it was easy for me to consider him a friend.  I will miss him greatly,” Councilman Flitton concluded.

“I will always remember Mayor Curtis for his dedicated service and how much he genuinely cared about and interacted with citizens and employees of the City. He spent so much of his time reaching out, listening to, supporting and lifting others, regardless of who they were or what status they held. He will be greatly missed,” Jim Mason, Layton City Assistant City Manager, stated.