Curtis Franklin Sumner, 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in the Providence St. Peter’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit after sustaining a fatal fall from a roof 14 hours earlier on Saturday. Curt was born Feb. 1, 1942, to William Franklin Sumner and Martha Eloree Hyder Sumner in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he was raised by southern tradition with things such as NASCAR, grits, hunting, hard work and family devotion.
Curt graduated from Edneyville High School and attended trade school for carpentry adding to his father’s lifelong knowledge of the profession. He proudly served in the military as loadmaster of the Navy Seabees, resigning in 1984. He spent his life working construction from one end of the spectrum to the other, from swinging a hammer to project and sales manager to building communities and commercial businesses and his multiple individual endeavors.
Graced with two children from his first marriage, he is survived by Kerris DeLane Drake with husband Daryl and Curtis Dwayne Sumner, all of North Carolina.
He built the Frank Lloyd Wright house over a stream and the Ohiopyle Post Office both in Pennsylvania. He designed and built the Lincoln Museum attached to the Ford Theatre where President Lincoln was shot and many more impressive structures. As a supervisor he was employed by U.S. Home Corporation in Maryland where he met his wife Catherine (Cathy, Cate) Sharp Sumne, and they married in January 1990.
While working together and owning National Botanical, a tropical plant business in metropolitan Washington D.C., son Clark Franklin Sumner was born.
When Clark was still young, the family moved to Colorado where Clark completed his elementary education. During the eight years in Loveland, Colorado, Curt joined a partnership construction enterprise.
Later, the family moved to Washington state where Curt worked in construction. He retired in 2008 when the building industry hit bottom. In April 2016, Curt became son Clark’s right arm working as handyman and all around assistant at the Cattleman BBQ and Catering restaurant in our hometown of Yelm.
Curt enjoyed hunting, shooting, outdoors, traveling and exploring. He loved, loved Nascar and working with his son Clark every day.
Curtis is survived by wife Cathy; son, Clark and his daughter, Madilyn Mae Sumner and Clark’s wife, Samantha Sumner and step-daughter Emma Smith; Kerris and Dwayne-children; sister, Martha Deanna Heuer and husband William Kitt Heuer; niece, Daniella Heuer; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren…his genes go on.
An open Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in the Yelm Community Center pavilion. Buffet offered afterward. Donations will be accepted at the restaurant or the memorial service.