Mark Curtis of Key West, Fla., and Sag Harbor, N.Y., departed this life as peacefully as he led it, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, under a full moon.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Libby; son Mark Doran Curtis, Pvt. 1st Class, Army, currently stationed in El Paso, Texas; son Daniel Nesta Curtis, professional orchestra conductor, currently living in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Brooklyn, N.Y.; son Clinton Michael Curtis, singer-songwriter and music educator in New York, N.Y.; son Steadman Jackson, daughter-in-law Shellie Jackson and two grandkids of Key West, Fla.; and his sister, Sarah Curtis of Brooklyn.
Mark was born in New York City on June 7, 1950, to Clinton and Helena Curtis, both writers. He was a lifelong adventurer and will be remembered as an expert sailor, fisherman, carpenter, woodsman, businessman and musician.
His personal mission was to fill each day with joy. An eclectic soul and true original, Mark cherished the values of individuality and personal expression and found strength in the ocean, mountains, and music. Above all, he was an adored husband and father.
Mark met Libby in the summer of 1968 and their lives together have taken them on journeys the world over. They settled in Key West 30 years ago and started a family, which became the joy of Mark's life.
The family graciously requests no flowers or gifts.