MOUNT VERNON — David Yale Curtis, 66, passed away at home in Acme, Pennsylvania, Dec. 7, 2019. He was born in Mount Vernon on June 13, 1953, to the late Walter and Marion (Jester) Curtis, of Round Hill.

He is survived by his husband of 23 years, Scott Jones; and by his sisters, Anne Curtis and Lucia Weinroth; nieces, Megan Marshall, Alice Richmond, Marion Haygood; a nephew, Stephen Richmond and his wife, Gretchen; as well as several grandnieces and nephews. David will be sorely missed by several four-footed companions: Hoover, Chloe and Dylan.

David attended Mount Vernon Middle School and Mount Vernon Senior High School (class of 1971). He attended classes at Kenyon College, later completing his degree from the University of Akron. He was an ardent Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

As a nationally-registered American Sign-language interpreter, David made many friends in the Deaf community. David enjoyed camping, hiking, biking and birding and was a strong supporter of conservation and environmental protection.

A Celebration of Life memorial service is being planned for spring in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Memorial donations can be made to: Bill Thompson III Young Birders Fund c/o the Marietta Community Foundation, 100 Putnam St., Marietta, OH 45740; donations can also be submitted online at: The link will take you to the general fund. From there, click “Donate,” then Pay Pal. Within PayPal, you can leave a note such as: “Bill Thompson, III, Young Birders Fund, in memory of David Curtis.”

Submitted by Scott Jones.


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