Earle Wil­liam Cur­rier

May 5, 1932-De­cem­ber 17, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

A kind man with a sub­tle sense of hu­mor. A Re­nais­sance man and a bon vi­vant. A Chris­tian and a true pa­triot.

Bill was born in San Fran­cisco to Don­ald and He­len Cur­rier and raised in Mill­brae, CA. He grad­u­ated from San Ma­teo High School, class of 1950. He en­listed in the U.S. Army serv­ing in

Nurem­berg, Ger­many. Upon re­turn, Bill mar­ried Donna Alexan­der at the Carmel Mis­sion, CA, in 1956. Uti­liz­ing the G.I. Bill he moved to Mex­ico City to earn a BA de­gree from Mex­ico City Col­lege. He worked at the fam­ily del­i­catessen while learn­ing the in­surance busi­ness from his step-father, Ray­mond Nielsen. He then started his 50+ year in­surance ca­reer af­ter pur­chas­ing his step-father’s agency in San Fran­cisco. In 1958 Bill and Donna had a son, Mark, who joined the busi­ness in 1983. Mark en­joyed work­ing with his dad and the in­surance team deal­ing mostly in the truck in­surance mar­ket­place. Bill was suc­cess­ful be­cause he re­ally en­joyed work­ing hard for truck­ers’ in­surance needs.

Seek­ing ad­ven­ture, he worked on the Alaskan rail­road as a “gandy dancer” at the age of 16, climbed to the sum­mits of Mt. Popocatépetl, Mex­ico, and Mt. Fuji, Ja­pan. Bill was an avid snow skier and en­joyed cross coun­try bi­cy­cle rides through Death Val­ley, around Clear Lake and Lake Ta­hoe. He rode from Half Moon Bay to San Simeon and rode the Te­cate to Ense­nada bi­cy­cle race. Mo­tor­cy­cle rides were en­joyed in the Sierra Ru­bi­con.

Bill had a won­der­ful 40+ years as an avid ten­nis player, host­ing Club Cur­rier at his home ten­nis court. He also en­joyed roller skat­ing on the same court by night and was an un­in­hib­ited dancer. Time at his father-in-law’s ranch was of­ten spent dove hunt­ing and brand­ing cat­tle.

Bill ex­hib­ited his the­atri­cal side while at­tend­ing an­nual Os­car par­ties, win­ning the cos­tume con­tests dressed as John Wayne rid­ing a horse down the street to the party and Humphry Bog­art pulling Donna down the same street in an old “African Queen” row boat. All of this be­gan when he was cho­sen as an ac­tor play­ing a Pony Ex­press rider in the 1957 movie “Sierra Baron” filmed in Mex­ico. He also loved dress­ing as Santa de­liv­er­ing gifts in the neigh­bor­hood.

Bill was a travel en­thu­si­ast and avid bi­og­ra­phy, non-fic­tion, en­cy­clo­pe­dia and al­manac reader. He also held a deep con­nec­tion to John Wayne and the Western cul­ture of Amer­ica, as he col­lected Rem­ing­ton sculp­tures. He served as pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Lion’s Club and was also a mem­ber of a men’s Bi­ble study group.

He was for­tu­nate to share the last six years of his life with his sec­ond true love, Linda Brawner, af­ter his wife’s pass­ing.

He will be greatly missed by his fam­ily, friends and clients. He is sur­vived by his son, Mark, grand­chil­dren Kristin and Mark, daugh­terin-law Nancy, brother Mar­shall, his (pre­de­ceased) brother, Dou­glas, sis­terin-law Mary Ann, beloved cousin Tracy, and many nieces and neph­ews, close child­hood friend of 77 years, Barry Goyette and Ce­cilia Munoz, his and Donna’s 30 year friend and house­keeper.

Ser­vices are planned in two parts as fol­lows:

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints lo­cated at 975 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, at 11 a.m. on Jan­uary 20th. This will in­clude a mil­i­tary honor guard pre­sen­ta­tion and a light re­cep­tion to fol­low.

Ad­di­tional ser­vices hon­or­ing Bill are planned by his son, Mark, but have been post­poned due to a fam­ily emer­gency. Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing can email Mark at gnarly­dude3@ gmail.com.

Do­na­tions can be made to any Vet­er­ans Group.

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