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Pilot in small-plane crash dies
POULSBO — Kent Curtiss, the pilot of a small plane that crashed in a clearcut field in Poulsbo on Jan. 20, has died.
Curtiss, 70, died on Feb. 7 in Harborview Medical Center with his family by his side. He had been in critical condition in Harborview Medical Center’s intensive care unit since the crash; his wife and daughter said he succumbed to complications from his injuries.
His wife said engine failure is believed to be the cause of the crash.
A memorial for Curtiss is scheduled for March 1, 2 p.m. at Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel, 27221 156th Ave. SE, Kent.
Curtiss will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery at a later date with a private family gathering.
Curtiss and his family lived in Kent.
According to his obituary on the funeral chapel website, Curtiss, a native of Michigan, played football at Central Michigan University and graduated with a degree in math and physics. He served in the U.S. Air Force, then worked as a computer systems analyst at Boeing until his retirement in 2000.
He began his lifelong passion for flying in 1963 when he received his single-engine private pilot license. In the 1970s, he earned his single-engine commercial and flight instructor ratings and in the 1980s earned his instrument rating.
According to his obituary, his family and friends enjoyed many cross-country adventures with him; highlights included flights to Cayman Islands and Alaska.
Curtiss is survived by his wife, daughter, son, grandson, granddaughter, step-granddaughter, sister and brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Angel Flight West (https://afids.angelflightwest.org/donation/donationEntry) or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (https://secure.seattlecca.org).