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Daniel Leland Curtis, age 76

Daniel Leland Curtis, 76, passed away on October 10, 2022. Dan was born in Carmichaels, PA on April 10, 1946 to Daniel Rudolph Curtis and Thelma Arial Curtis. He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in chemical engineering. Dan was an excellent leader and used his skills to lead several companies to success in his lifetime. At the time of his death, he was employed at the State of Arkansas AEDC as Manufacturing Solutions Director.

He married Judy Curtis Smith and had three children, Daniel Curtis (Sherry) of Parkersburg WV, Lori Owens (Walt) of Morgantown WV, Renee Hirsch (Joe) of Indiana PA. For the final 20 years of his life Dan was married to Nancy Lynn Curtis and they had a daughter, Phoebe Curtis of the home, and two step sons, Brandon Elkins and Jason Benbrook. Dan had 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Dan was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Little Rock where, before his lengthy illness, led the Adult Sunday School Class. He also liked to fish and travel, enjoying many great adventures with his family.

Dan had a special group of friends that made his life full at the Pipe and Tobacco Shop. Every Saturday you could find him at the “Table of Knowledge” sharing his stories with the group or entertaining them in his home.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Greg McGee Posted October 13, 2022 12:28 PM

    Love You, Dan! Proud to call you Friend! Ill Miss you, Dan!

  • Robin Hefner Posted October 13, 2022 12:48 PM

    Dan, I enjoyed our discussions. Prayers to your family.

  • Randy Clay Posted October 13, 2022 2:38 PM

    Alway enjoyed our visits around the table of knowledge. It was my pleasure and honor to know you sir. May God Bless and watch over your family as you look down from Heaven!!!

  • Gary Davis Posted October 13, 2022 2:59 PM

    Dan was loved and greatly admired by his family and friends. He was a true gentleman, an intellectual, and a fine Christian example. God bless this man and his family.

  • Bill Donohue Posted October 13, 2022 3:24 PM

    Dan was an inspiration to many of his colleagues in the MEP National Network. Dan’s focus on people as an organization’s greatest asset, I am sure reflected his priorities in life. From all of us at GENEDGE Alliance, the MEP of Virginia, we extend our condolences to his family.

  • Staci Miller Posted October 13, 2022 3:25 PM

    To Dan’s Family: I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dan at MEP and when I started in my position, Dan helped me tremendously. He gave me advice, guidance, and a great sense of friendship. I know he was loved and will be missed.

  • Zenagui Brahim Posted October 13, 2022 3:39 PM

    Dan, I enjoyed the conversations we had when we met at the National Network Conferences. Prayers to your family.

  • Buckley Brinkman Posted October 13, 2022 6:17 PM

    Dan was a great leader and encouraged many people through tough times…even me! Thank you for the time you invested with me and for being one of the all-time great people! You are missed!

  • Rikki Riegner Posted October 14, 2022 8:31 AM

    Dan was an asset to the MEP National Network. His encouraging guidance and manufacturing wisdom will be missed. On behalf of the Pennsylvania MEP, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  • Mike Simpson Posted October 14, 2022 8:54 AM

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Curtis family. Dan was a good man, a great work colleague, and alwys had a smile and an out reach hand when we had a chance to be together at MEP meetings. My families thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Kenneth Paul Voytek Posted October 14, 2022 3:43 PM

    Dan was a good man. I respected him. He was honest and blunt. We had a small connection given he grew up in Carmichaels, PA. My Dad’s family was raised there as well, and he knew some of my cousins.

  • Rudy Ortiz Posted October 14, 2022 4:48 PM

    Dan: I will miss you and think of you often. Besides being a great guy, you had an incredible talent for selecting the right mix of people to fulfill the MEP mission. I’ve never worked at a better job or had a better boss. Hope to see you on the other side.

  • Jim Bradley Posted October 18, 2022 8:31 PM

    My world is a better place due to the time I spent with Dan. He was a really good friend as well as a great guy. His presence at “THE TABLE OF KNOWLEDGE” made for interesting and instructive cigar times. Dan was loved and will be missed. God Speed

  • Katherine Curtis Posted October 20, 2022 12:45 PM

    DL was a much loved brother in law and will be missed tremendously by his brother, David, and myself. Deepest condolences to Nette and family. We’re there for you always. .We will see DL again when we all stand in the presence of our Lord.

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