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Curtis L. McRae (Curt)

Curtis (Curt) L. McRae

Curtis (Curt) L. McRae died of a broken heart on July 20, 2006. He was born February 21, 1922 in Telephone, Texas, the youngest son of Leona Henshaw. His family referred to him as "the man who could do anything."

He won the 1938 Golden Gloves boxing championship of Texas in Amarillo at the age of 16, and might have become a professional boxer. His mother disapproved of a boxer's life for her son, however, and encouraged him to go to Park City, Utah to stay with his father, Edgar McRae, and finish high school. There he met "the girl across the street," Kathleen (Mickey) Shanley. They married on August 24, 1941 and moved to Washington where he worked in a foundry until joining the Navy during World War II. They went to Connecticut, where he was stationed, and he became a submarine crew member.

After the war, they moved back to Park City. He owned and operated a Standard Oil service station in Salt Lake City until 1958 when he moved his family to a 360 acre farm near Sams Valley. He loved the farm and spent the next few years learning cattle ranching. In 1961, he bought Brooks Electric, which he operated until his retirement in 1984. He devoted his retirement years to having fun with his family.

His dear wife, Mickey, preceded him in death on July 5, 2006. His family includes daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Bud Brittsan, Jo and Mike Broomfield, Kitty and Scott Williams, Patty McRae; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Mary Lou Crowley; sister and brother-in-law, Marilynn and Hal Hayes; sister-in-law, Ronnie McRae; and many nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating his life will be held on Monday, July 31, 2006, 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford. Any donations may be made to Cal Farley's Boy's Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79174