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Curtis Safsten

December 9, 1931 — November 17, 2016

Curtis Oscar Safsten of Springville, Utah, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Curtis was born December 9, 1931, in Ballard, Washington to Swedish immigrants Oscar Johannes Safsten and Ranghild Linnea Linde. He graduated from Western Washington College of Education with a degree in Art Education in 1953. Following graduation he served an honorable mission to Samoa for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which positively influenced him for the remainder of his life. Upon his return in 1956, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving for nearly two years in Fort Polk, LA. He was grateful and proud to serve his country.

In 1961, Curtis met his wife of 55 years, Marlene Bastian, in Renton, Washington. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 16, 1961. Following the wedding they moved to Redwood City, CA, where they spent the next 36 years raising their family. In December of 1997 they retired to Springville, UT,

Curtis taught arts and crafts in the Sequoia High School District for 36 years. During that time he also taught adult night school oil painting classes for 20 years. He always worked hard to support his family.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he had the opportunity to serve as a faithful home teacher, bishop's counselor, bishop, high counselor and as an early-morning seminary teacher for 12 years, during which he taught his six children. In his later life he and his wife also served a one year mission as service missionaries at the Bishop's Storehouse in Spanish Fork, UT.

Curtis loved to create beauty with his hands. He loved gardening, woodworking, painting and ceramics. His artwork can be found in many homes of his family members and friends.

Curtis was always hardworking, loved the Gospel, his country and especially his family.

He is survived by his wife Marlene and children Linde Wong (Jason) of Draper, Utah, Joy Hollingshaus (Matthew) of Plainfield, Illinois, Christopher Safsten (Jennifer) of Mt. Airy, Maryland, Kristina Golightly (Shane) of Gilbert, Arizona, Erick Safsten (Adrienne) of Lithia, Florida and Heidi Brady (David) of Mapleton, Utah, 27 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and his brother, Ronald Safsten. He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Jacob, his parents, his brother Robert Safsten and sister Audrey Hansen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Springville Stake Heritage Building, 1785 East 400 South, Springville, UT 84663.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016, Golden Gate National Cemetery, 1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA,
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