Curtis Lee Duke

Apr 10, 1968 – Jan 15, 2018

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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.


Gary Clogston
Seattle, Wa
Jan 23, 2018

Rest in peace Curtis you are loved. Sending prayers with you and for your family.

Rashida Ballard
Seattle , Wa
Jan 22, 2018

Sending thoughts and prayers of healing and peace to all who held Curtis close to their heart.

Donald McKnight
Seattle, Was.
Jan 22, 2018

I'm sorry for your lost he will be missed but never forgotten in my life sorry I couldn't make it to the service

Penny Christen
Seattle, WA
Jan 22, 2018

I am so sad to hear that Curtis passed. He will always hold a special place in my heart. He was so expressive and sure of himself. Nobody was more fun to be around than Curtis when he was in a playful mood--he had a great sense of humor and the sweetest smile. I am so sorry for your loss Mrs. Duke.


Daniel & Helen Ellis
Seattle, Wa
Jan 21, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the family. You're in our prayers. We will always remember Curtis and his love for music. My first baby boy to claim and spoil.

Olabamiji and Marta Idowu and family
Seattle, WA
Jan 21, 2018

We are very sad to hear that Curtis passed away. Our sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May God bless you all in a special way and give you peace and solace at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ricardo Elmore
Auburn, WA
Jan 20, 2018

i remember all the good times we had together an even the moments that were most funny . Them memories for which we shared together as "Family" i will always cherish close to my heart. God Mom , Cousin Pauline an Lisa i am greatly sorry for your loss . My wife an I will keep you all in our prayers . Love You

Linda Jones Williams
Dallas, Texas
Jan 19, 2018

I will keep your family in prayer. May God bless your family.

Milton Jones
Pearland, Tx
Jan 19, 2018

Rest in peace, my cousin. The Holy Spirit is with you.

Janell Morgan Ndegwa
Seattle, WA
Jan 19, 2018

Curtis has left this earth, but will truly live on in our hearts and memories forever. I always did appreciate Curtis and his love for music. Growing up, he often had his headphones near and was always willing to share music to create a fun and positive environment. May God surround you, family, cousin Vonnie, Trudy and Lisa and friends with great love, peace, strength and comfort during this time and in the days ahead. Love and Prayers the Morgan’s and Ndegwa’s

Anthony and Sylvia Lee
Seattle , Wa
Jan 19, 2018

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