Feb. 13, 1921 - Mar. 12, 2013
Dr. Curtis C. Darby passed away on Tuesday, March 12 in Bend, OR after a short illness. He was born in Medford, OR on February 13, 1921 to Curtis and Mary Darby. He lived in Medford until his teens when his family moved to California. He attended Fresno State College before graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco as a dentist specializing in pedodontics.
He practiced in Fresno for over 30 years after serving in both the Army and the Navy. He loved to share that he had switched to the Navy because the uniforms were 'snappier'.
His community activities included the Dental Society, Valley Children's Hospital, Rotary Club, Optimist Club and the Masonic Lodge. The Fresno- Madera Dental Foundation which he helped found was a focus throughout his life. He worked tirelessly to convince speakers from all over the country to come to the valley to present the foundation's continuing education courses.
Curtis maintained an incredible garden that overflowed with flowers and all manner of fruit trees. His loved taking pictures on hikes in the Sierra capturing delicate blossoms and majestic vistas. Fishing was another passion that led to many camping trips in Yosemite and longer vacations exploring the San Juan Islands. When not outside, he was an avid reader and always had a book at hand. Most of all he enjoyed good conversation with a neighbor over a glass of wine.
He is survived by his brother, Bill Darby; his son, Dr. Charles Darby; his daughter, Jeanne Swenson; and his grandchildren: Chris, Marta, and Tia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen King.
A memorial will be held April 20, 2013 in Fresno. For more information please sign the on-line guest book at www.niswonger-reynolds.com.
Dr. Curtis Darby