Curtis was primarily born and raised in Oklahoma. Joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 1975. Served as a member of a special security unit to Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station Brunswick in Brunswick, Maine. In 1978, he transferred to Inactive Reserves, as a Lance Corporal (E-3), and returned to Oklahoma. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1981 upon completing his six-year commitment.
His awards and decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Medal, Marine Corps Marksman Badge, and Cold War Commendation Medal.
He attended the University of Oklahoma from 1979 - 1984 and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He immediately received an offer and went to work for the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas. In 1989, he relocated to Phoenix and went to work for Honeywell Aerospace. He also worked in Satellite Telecommunications Manufacturing and OEM Custom Computer Design and Manufacturing.
Curtis has been a life member of the Marine Corps League since 1995 and has served four terms as a Detachment Commandant of the Ira Hayes Detachment, #1, in Phoenix, AZ. He is also a member of the American Legion.