Curtis Keith Bennett, our beloved son, brother, companion, nephew, uncle and friend died at the age of 37, April 17, 1995, in Los Angeles, California after a long and valiant battle with complications from the AIDS virus.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 6, 1957 to Keith M. and Barbara Jordan Bennett. He graduated from Olympus High School in 1975 and was a member of the National Honor Society. He served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Guadalajara, Mexico Mission. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from BYU in 1981 with two Bachelor of Science Degrees. He also attended Law School at the University of Utah.He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and worked for an investment banking firm in Beverly Hills for six years. He changed professions and became a bilingual school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he was teaching at the time of his death. He loved teaching and received a great deal of satisfaction in teaching underprivileged children in the inner city. He recently received the honor of having the auditorium at the Cheremoya Elementary School in Hollywood, where he taught, named after him for his dedication to teaching.
He was a talented artist and enjoyed reading, music, the theatre and learning about other cultures. He traveled extensively throughout the world. He will be dearly missed by his family, companion, relatives and many friends.
He is survived by his father and mother, of Salt Lake City; three brothers, Cory, Salt Lake City; Gary, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mike (Susan), Seattle, Wash.; a nephew, Milo, Seattle, Wash A longtime companion, Arthur Loya, Los Angeles, Calif. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Curt has been actively involved in fund raising drives to help in the advancement of AIDS research. A special thank you to Dr. Keith G. Kauhanen, Curt's doctor, of Los Angeles, California, to his many Health Care Nurses, and especially to Art for his devoted and loving care the last months of Curt's life.
Funeral services will be held, Monday, April 24, 1995, 12 noon, Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Los Angeles, California for Curt's many friends and associates.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Utah AIDS Foundation in the name of Curt Bennett.
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