Alan and Carol Cur­tis named Art City Days Pa­rade grand mar­shals

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Springville res­i­dents Alan and Carol Cur­tis have been named grand mar­shals of the 2017 Art City Days Grand Pa­rade. The pa­rade will be­gin at 10 a.m. on Satur­day, June 10, and travel down 400 South and Main Street.

Alan Loy Cur­tis was raised in Springville where he was ac­tive in youth foot­ball, base­ball, and the ri­fle club. He grad­u­ated from Springville High School in 1963 where he was ac­tive in drama and sports. He played of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive tackle for foot­ball. He also par­tic­i­pated in wrestling and base­ball. Alan at­tended Snow Col­lege on a foot­ball schol­ar­ship, play­ing tackle for the Bad­gers. He was also very ac­tive in choir, drama and other clubs on cam­pus and grad­u­ated from Snow with his as­so­ciate’s de­gree.

Carol Ann Ja­cob­sen Cur­tis was raised in Salina and grad­u­ated from North Se­vier High School in 1963 where she par­tic­i­pated band and choir and sang so­los and in a trio. She also sang in assem­blies, church meet­ings, for the Lion’s Club and at other civic func­tions. For two sum­mers af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she worked as a camp coun­selor at the LDS Church’s Goose­berry Youth Camp in Salina Canyon.

She re­ceived a mu­sic schol­ar­ship to Snow Col­lege and be­gan at­tend­ing there in the fall of 1963. While there she par­tic­i­pated in many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing con­cert band, pep band, madri­gals, assem­blies, dances and grad­u­a­tion pro­grams. She chaired the Miss Snow Con­test in 1965, one year af­ter she was crowned Miss North Se­vier in 1964.

It was at Snow Col­lege that Alan and

Carol met. They mar­ried in the Manti LDS Tem­ple on March 19, 1965. They have since lived in Ephraim, Provo and Springville as well as Omaha, Ne­braska; and Carter Lake, Iowa.

Alan and Carol both grad­u­ated from LDS In­sti­tute and Snow Col­lege in June of 1965. Alan con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at Brigham Young Univer­sity, grad­u­at­ing in 1968 with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in youth lead­er­ship and a mi­nor in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

While Alan at­tended BYU, Carol worked for the Kress Co. on Cen­ter St in Provo. She worked there un­til June of 1966 when the man­age­ment re­al­ized she was ex­pect­ing her first baby. On Nov. 11, 1966, their first child was born, Kelly Alan Cur­tis. Their sec­ond son, Court­ney Ja­cob­sen Cur­tis, was born at Ne­braska Methodist Hos­pi­tal in Omaha, Ne­braska, on July 9, 1968. Alan took a job with Boys Clubs of Omaha and worked ex­tra jobs to make ends meet. Their first daugh­ter, Chris­tine, was still­born when they lived in Carter Lake, Iowa.

The Cur­tis fam­ily moved back to Springville in Au­gust of 1972 and pur­chased the Ostler home at 446 E. Cen­ter. They had lived there four years when they adopted their two beau­ti­ful Korean daugh­ters Katy (Kim Eun Sung) and Kim­berly (Kim Na Sung). They quickly out­grew their lit­tle home and soon moved up the block a few houses to 524 E. Cen­ter. They have lived there since Fe­bru­ary of 1977, 40 years this year.

Carol has been in­volved in mu­sic her en­tire life. She has served in mu­sic po­si­tions in her church and joined the Springville Musettes in 1966, con­tin­u­ing as a mem­ber of that choir un­til a cou­ple of years ago (other than liv­ing in Omaha for four years). She does not sing with them at the present time due to health prob­lems. She has sung for many funerals and civic func­tions here in Springville. Carol is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Daugh­ters of the Utah Pi­o­neers and The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints, and she en­joys her Book Club and friends.

Af­ter mov­ing back to Springville, Alan worked con­struc­tion un­til he was given the job of recre­ation and com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor for the city of Springville. He served on the city recre­ation board for seven years. He served the city and school dis­trict for 28 years. He has loved pro­vid­ing recre­ation for thou­sands of our youth, of­fer­ing about 25 Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion classes to adults and all ages of chil­dren, and keep­ing ev­ery­one happy with the tem­per­a­ture at the Springville Com­mu­nity Pool.

He loved to see our city look beau­ti­ful and well-man­i­cured and to see its parks busy with kids and adults play­ing sum­mer sports.

Alan was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting sev­eral parks built such as Bird Park, Clyde Park, the Spring Acres Arts Park (up­per and lower), Spring Creek, Big Hol­low, Hunters Val­ley and Child Park. He re-did Memo­rial Park’s ball di­a­monds and worked on the be­gin­nings of the Sports Park in the West Fields as well as help­ing with small neigh­bor­hood parks. He spear­headed the up­grad­ing and en­hance­ment of the South Main en­trance into Springville in­clud­ing the wel­come sign. He started Youth Soc­cer in Springville, serv­ing boys and girls in Cub Soc­cer through Teen Soc­cer. He be­gan an af­ter-school pro­gram for at-risk youth to be tu­tored in aca­demic as well as mu­si­cal skills. It was held in the old gro­cery store across from the old city build­ing. He also helped cre­ate the skate­board park, started Flag Foot­ball to help pre­pare young boys for tackle foot­ball and de­vel­oped a ju­nior golf pro­gram.

As with many city work­ers, he spent many hours set­ting up chairs, clean­ing up trash and do­ing many other jobs for the com­mit­tee. He or­ga­nized fun runs and 5-K runs and served on com­mit­tees for Art City Days. He was al­ways out in the com­mu­nity mon­i­tor­ing his recre­ation sched­ules and events.

Along with his job, he served as bishop of the Springville 10th Ward for five years.

Alan be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer with Springville High foot­ball in 1967 as part of an in­tern­ship un­der Coach Mike Ja­cob­sen. This op­por­tu­nity turned into a long coach­ing ca­reer. He coached foot­ball dur­ing his Boys Club years and with Springville High for a to­tal of 48 years. Af­ter 28 years with Nebo School Dis­trict and Springville City, Alan re­tired in 2006.

Alan loves work­ing with the youth of this area. He has a way of dis­ci­plin­ing and lov­ing the youth he works with. Alan has al­ways had the best in­ter­est of the youth of Springville in mind. He loves be­ing with the young peo­ple and teach­ing them about ath­let­ics and life. Alan is a true Red Devil through and through.

Alan and Carol have four chil­dren: Kelly, Court­ney, Katy and Kim­berly. They also have 11 grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child.

Alan and Carol Cur­tis have been named grand mar­shals of the 2017 Art City Days Grand Pa­rade. They are pic­tured above with their chil­dren Kim­berly, Katy, Court­ney and Kelly.

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