Curtis Summers Astin

November 16, 1944 - December 27, 2020

Curtis Summers Astin passed away December 27, 2020 of pneunmonia and complications from a stroke he had many years ago.  He was born November 16, 1944 to Rufus Bolton Astin and Phyllis Summers Astin.  He graduated from Highland High School and continued his education at the University of Utah, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.  He married Carolyn Bowers and together they have one daughter, Kimberly.

After a 25 year career in the financial industry, he moved on to a career as a manufacturer's rep for several lines of industrial tools.

Curt had many interests and enjoyed the outdoors.  For many years he was a member of the Salt Lake County Search and Rescue and enjoyed the group's activity and comaraderie.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and a keen knack for telling jokes and stories.  He loved spending time at Ute games, playing golf, skiing, canyon picnics, and discovering new restaurants.

After suffering a stroke, he met new challenges with determination and amazed everyone with his accomplishments.  He even learned to fish and play golf one-handed, using his non-dominant hand.  His affable personality led to being recruited by the University of Utah to be a "guinea pig" for research (especially for stroke and brain injuries), as well as in other medical areas.  

Curt was always a gentleman, and had an incredible memory and inquiring mind.  He was an expert, of sorts, in Utah history and war history.

More of his favorite things include: family and friends; football and tailgating; golf; skiing; all things cowboy (country music, boots, hats and, of course, John Wayne); Italian and Mexican food; travel, especially Italy; wine tasting; cruises; picnics up Millcreek canyon; Discovery and History channels; The Godfather; gadgets; digital devices; and jokes.

His love and spirit will be missed by many.   He is survived by his wife Carolyn and daughter Kimberly.  Also survived by brothers Lorin (Carol), Alan, Duane (Jill) and their families, as well as, many beloved friends.

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