SAN ANGELO, Texas — Grant R. Curtis, 78, of San Angelo and formerly of Coolidge, died on Sept. 28, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Curtis was born in Morenci and was a son of Clarence "Bill" Curtis and Bennie Marshall. After his father's death, his mother moved the family to Coolidge, where he graduated from high school, married, had three children and enlisted in the Army.

He became a pilot and warrant officer and flew Cobra attack helicopters in Vietnam. He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism. After retiring he met and married Elizabeth and moved to Arkansas. He had a passion for hunting rocks that he cut, polished and made into jewelry. His works were featured in books and magazines.

Survivors include his wife; three adult children, Jeff, Dawn and John; three siblings, Keith Curtis of Tucson, Terry Hoover of Coolidge and Regina Cook of Oklahoma; a stepdaughter, Heather; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six siblings.

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