In Loving Memory of Curt Owens Jr.
The very special and vibrant life of Curt Owens, Jr. was lost on December 7, 2003. Curt was a sales manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield. He was devoted and loyal to his wife, Martha Owens, as well as devoted and loyal to family, friends, and Blue Cross. Curt was also an avid runner, so remembering Curt through Lexington's Race Against Hunger is definitely an honor to all involved with the promotion and production of the event. Below are comments from Martha and a special friend that express the kind of man Curt was and how so many of us remember him.
Curt was a very special gift from God. He made me, Martha Pilgrim Owens, a better person for having known him and loved him the past 15 years. He was not only my husband, but he was my best friend. A special friend wrote the following in honor of Curt. I think it sums it up very nicely:
Three points to remember when reflecting on Curt's life:
Number one was Curt’s enthusiasm. To say he was “gung-ho” about how he lived his life is an understatement. He always approached things with a high level of energy and a smile on his face. In Curt’s eyes the glass was always “half full” I’d pass him in the hall and ask how he was doing. Invariably the answer was, with a twinkle of mischief in his eye, “Hey man, I’m at the greatest place in the world, working with the greatest people I’ve ever known.”
Second, behind that macho image he liked to portray, is that Curt had a heart of gold. He was a very caring person. Not very teary and outwardly emotional, but inside Curt had compassion for everyone. Whether you owned the company or swept the office at the end of the day, Curt always had time for a kind word. He loved people and let them know it.
Third, and one that will always be a lasting impression to me, was Curt’s sense of loyalty. In a time when professional athletes void contracts at the drop of a hat and people move from one company to the next on a whim, Curt remained a person loyal to those he loved and with whom he worked. As successful as Curt was, he had many opportunities to leave and see if the grass really was greener on the other side. In the end, Curt was loyal to his lovely wife, Martha, to his family and to the legion of friends he had made over his lifetime. Work wise, I’ll sum it up by saying Curt was “true blue”.
Friday, December 12, 2003