Tom Smart, Tom Smart, Deseret News
LAYTON — Residents of Layton are mourning the untimely death of their mayor. Steve Curtis died overnight in his sleep. He was 58.
Curtis had shown no previous signs of health issues, said a stunned Jory Francis, mayor pro tem of Layton.
“(His death) was quite a surprise to everybody,” he said. “At first, I could hardly believe it. I didn't know if it was a misunderstanding of what had happened. But indeed it was true.”
Francis said Curtis’ wife noticed at about 2:15 a.m. Friday that he was “unresponsive” and alerted her daughter. They began to perform CPR with instruction from a 911 operator.
“Unfortunately, he had already passed away,” Francis said. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
After deciding not to seek re-election, Curtis was scheduled to finish out his second four-year term at the end of December. Mayor-elect Bob Stevenson will take office on Jan. 1, with Francis serving as mayor during the interm period.
A resident of Layton for more than 30 years, Curtis' involvement with the community was an integral part of his life, having spent nearly half of those years as an elected official. He served 10 years as a Layton City Council member and two terms as mayor.
In addition, Curtis' other civic contributions included being a member of the Utah Defense Alliance, the Utah Transit Authority General Manager's “Kitchen Cabinet” and he was a former member of UTA's board of trustees. He was also a previous president and a board member of the Utah League of Cities and Towns and currently occupied seats on the executive boards of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah and the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District.
Born in Salt Lake City and raised primarily in Ogden, Curtis was the fourth of seven siblings and the father of five children. He attended Weber State and Brigham Young Universities and spent more than 29 years in a career in the communications industry.
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