Tom Hanley Curtis Jr., 71, passed away at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas July 1, 2020, after a battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Linda E Curtis, his son Thomas Hanley Curtis, III (Michele) in Beaumont, Calif., and step-sons, Perry Allen, Phoenix, Ariz., Shane Geant (Allison) Phoenix, Ariz., and Ian Geant (Jeanette) Bullhead City, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Ashley Allen Banuet (Ben) in Fort Mohave, Ella Banuet, Kristan Ramirez, Geno Geant, and Enzo Geant in Bullhead City, Ariz., and Mercutio Geant, Harley Raven Luna Geant and Atticus Geant in Phoenix, Ariz. One great-grandchild, Ella Banuet, Fort Mohave, Ariz.
He is also survived by his siblings, Caryn Berryman, Miami, Fla., Tim and Martha Curtis, Miami, Fla., Connie Curtis Fitzgerald and Patrick Fitzgerald, Kent Island, Md., Clare Curtis and Robert Reid, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Maggie Curtis, Denver, Colo. He also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, retired Col. Thomas Hanley Curtis, Sr., and Margaret Carton Curtis and his son, Michael B. Curtis.
Tom was born in Columbus, Ohio Jan. 7, 1949 and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M. He attended The United States Military Academy at West Point from 1968-70 and earned his degree from The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. He worked for IBM in New York and Los Angeles. His first newspaper job was with Mohave Valley Daily News (Arizona). He also worked at The LaGrange Daily News (Georgia), The San Bernardino Sun and the San Angelo Standard Times before joining Houston Community Newspapers. His final stop was with McElvy Media Group working with Greensheet Media and The Leader Newspaper. He was great sales leader and manager and enjoyed bringing people together to accomplish a common goal.
He met Linda in 1992 and they were married April 20, 2007. Tom often expressed his appreciation of their love and friendship, and he made family his top priority. Tom was also a member of Rotary, Kiwanis and other civic organizations, and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Tom could best be described with one word – dignified. He left an impact on everyone he met with his integrity and humor. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and mentor for many he worked with over the years. His spirit lives on in those who had the pleasure of getting to know him. He will be missed by all of us.
Due to COVID-19, there will be no memorial service at this time, but arrangements at Riverside National Cemetery will be announced as soon possible. To honor Tom, donate to Arizona Veterans Helping Veterans at azhv.org in his name.