The death this past weekend of A. Ray Curtis, prominent business, church, and civic leader, leaves a void in the community. Like many who contribute much of themselves, he had a wide view of life.

Curtis, 77, was a successful and enthusiastic businessman, the founder and president of A. Ray Curtis Co., and was recently honored for his contributions to the heating and air conditioning industry. But that was only what he did for a living. His reach was far longer than operating a business.At times, he held positions with the Sugarhouse Park Authority, the board of directors of the Bank of Holladay, the State Board of Corrections, and the Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He was deeply devoted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, laboring much of his life in positions of significant responsibility. Curtis had served as a bishop, stake high councilor, stake president, president of the Southwest British Mission, member of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association Board, as regional representative in various areas, and for five years was president of the Salt Lake Temple.

Clearly, he gave the one gift that means more than any other. He gave generously of himself and his time in service to individuals, organizations, and the community. All are better because of him. The Deseret News extends condolences and sympathy to his family.