W. Curtis Wilson left our world on October 10, 2020. He was born into our world on May 27, 1959, at the old Saint Elizabeth Hospital on Fourth Street. He was the first son of Walter and Glenda Wilson, and the first grandchild of G. Franklin Yeager. His parents divorced in 1970, and six years later, he acquired a new father figure, his stepdad Mike Purvine. Curt grew to love this man, “With All My Heart,” as he always put it.
He liked all things growing up, but one place was special, his grandpa Bo’s and Grandma Ila’s ranch at Sparta. Curt lived and worked all his life in Baker County. He attended North Baker, Helen M. Stack, and Baker High School, graduating in 1977. At the age of 10, he joined the 4-H Equestrian group called The Silver Spurs. He loved his big black mare Velvet, showing her in 4-H and riding in the parades. He liked all sports and played little league baseball and Babe Ruth, making the all-star teams most years. Later in life, he was a member of slow pitch softball. He served with the Oregon National Guards, Baker Armory. Curt was at home in the outdoors, hunting elk in the Elkhorn Mountains where there is a hunting area name for him “Curt’s Saddle,” deer in the Sparta area, and fishing and camping in all three Eagle Creek’s area.
Although he was not a tall man, in no way was he a small man. He had a heart of gold and would do anything to help someone in need.
He met and married a sweet girl named Tammy Profitt in 1979. In the spring of 1980, his first child was born; Michael Curtis Wilson, Curt, and Tammy later divorced, and on August 3, 1985, he married the love of his life, Caroline Mae Scott. in 1994, they welcomed their daughter Ashley Mae Wilson into this world. With that, his family was complete.
We all believe and know Curt is in a better place, but our hearts and so sad now. We will think of him with a smile on our faces and love in our hearts in future years.
Curtis is survived by his wife Caroline, his son Michael(Kelly) and his daughter Ashley(Shane), His parents, Mike and Glenda, grandchildren, Erin(Mike) Meadows of Fallon, Nevada, Jillian and Caden Wilson of Caldwell, Idaho, and great-grandson, Dillon Michael Wilson of Caldwell, Idaho, his brother Dennis Wilson of Boise, Idaho, his mother-in-law Norma Scott of Baker City, Oregon and by many aunts and uncles, lots of cousins and a niece and two nephews. Curtis had too many friends to name them all.
Curtis is preceded in death by his father, Walter L. Wilson, his grandparents Frank and Clara Yeager, Bo and Ila Wilson, and his father-in-law George Scott, several aunts, and uncles.
Curt’s ashes will be spread by his son, Michael, at a place or place of his choosing. There will be a celebration of Curt’s life on Saturday the 17th at 1:00 P.M. on Ben Dier Road at the front of the Elkhorn Mountains. Signs will be posted for the exact location. A potluck will be served with Tri/tip meat provided. We hope to see you there to share memories of Curt.
When we come to the end of the day, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not for long and not with your head bowed low, remember the times we once shared, Miss me but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It’s all a part of the maker’s plan, A step on the road to HOME. When you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know, & Bury your sorrows In doing good deeds, Miss me, but let me go.
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