LAYTON -- The mayor of Layton died unexpectedly overnight.
Media reports said Steve Curtis died in his sleep at about 2:15 a.m.,
"It happened so suddenly," said City Councilman Mike Bouwhuis, who
has served on the council for two terms. Curtis was due to complete
his second term at the end of this year.
"The hardest thing for me was that there wasn't any kind of pending
physical disorder" that the council was aware of, Bouwhuis said. "It
didn't seem like he was in any pain or had any symptoms" for some
sort of physical problem, the councilman said. Bouwhuis saw
Curtis at a council meeting about a week ago.
Curtis is survived by his wife, five children and three grandchildren.
"He was always the head cheerleader for the city," Bouwhuis said of
the mayor, who preferred being called Steve. "He always tried to pump
people up. He was the one who would volunteer as Santa Claus at the
police Christmas party. He was so proud of the police department.
When the annual awards were given out, he'd be there hugging the
recipients. He was such a hard worker, had a strong work ethic."
Curtis always advocated for Hill AFB, which is partially located within
the county's most populous city of Layton.
"He spent a lot of time at the base, supported the airmen. He was
well known for his support, was an honorary commander for a while,"
Curtis had served 10 years on the council and was completing his
eighth year as mayor.