Curtis Lee Duke
Apr 10, 1968 – Jan 15, 2018
Curtis Lee Duke was born to Yvonne and Clarence L. Duke, Jr. on April 10, 1968. Curtis attended Seattle Public Schools and graduated from Bellingham High School in June 1989.
Curtis was an avid music lover and could recall the names of artists, song titles, and the year many of his favorite songs were released. He had a profound sense of love for family members and friends alike. It did not matter to Curtis whether you were related by blood; he frequently referred to those he loved as auntie, uncle, or cousin.
Curtis had a fondness for fast food and without a doubt Burger King was his favorite hamburger joint. During his November hospital stay and after coming out of the anesthesia he could be heard mumbling “Burger King, Burger King, hamburger, hamburger.” Those present found this to be hilarious.
Curtis departed this life on Monday, January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at approximately 12:23pm after being in a coma for 4 weeks at Highline Medical Center in Burien, WA. His mother Yvonne Duke and sister Pauline Duke were present at his bedside.
Curtis was preceded in death by the men in his life: his father, Clarence L. Duke, Jr.; grandfather, William Rivers; godfather, Willie Lewis; cousin, R. Jack Morgan; and godbrother, Frederick Brown.
Curtis leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Yvonne Duke; sisters, Pauline and Lisa Duke; grandmother, Ben Esther Rivers; uncle, Kenneth Rivers; godsister, Patricia Warren; and a host of beloved friends and family members.
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