Pilot in small-plane crash dies

Kent Curtiss - Family of Kent Curtiss
Kent Curtiss
— image credit: Family of Kent Curtiss

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 ( or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (


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