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Layton mourns the sudden loss of mayor

LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The City of Layton is mourning the sudden loss of its chief executive.
LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The City of Layton is mourning the sudden loss of its chief executive.

Mayor Steve Curtis, 58, passed away with just one month left in his current and final term.

"Layton Fire and a couple patrol officers responded to a 911 call at Mayor Curtis' house and it was determined he had unfortunately passed away in his sleep," said Sgt. John Holden of the Layton Police Department.

That call came in around 2:30 Friday morning.

"The cause of death is currently unknown," said Holden.

Mayor Curtis had one month left on his second term in office.

Before that he served on city council for 10 years.

He chose not to seek reelection and was ready to move forward to a post politics life.

"Disbelief, I mean how do you wrap your mind around something like that? A young man, relatively young man who I’ve come to know and appreciate and be able to call my friend," said current Layton City Councilman, Barry Flitton.

Flitton is trying to come to terms with this sudden passing.

Looking back, he remembers an active leader.

"Very seldom was he ever not at a city council or work meeting or a strategic planning meeting and he worked very well with the council," said Flitton.

He also remembers Curtis as a responsible steward of the city's $50,000,000 annual budget.

"He prided himself in running a pay as you go city, no debt," said Flitton.

Beyond the politician, he was most impressed with the person.

"His appearance, sometimes lead people to believe he was unusual as a mayor, but his personality was such that he drew people to him, very warm," said Flitton.

Now a very cold feeling as the man they call mayor is gone.

"He will be missed by all of us," said Flitton.

"It's a sad day, Mayor Curtis served for many years," said Holden.

Mayor Pro-Temp, Jory Francis will take over the remainder of Curtis' term.

In January, Mayor-Elect, Bob Stevenson will take over the city's top post.

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