Jun 30 2011 Darrell Cervandez Curley, 48, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Page. He was born Sept. 24, 1962, in Ganado to Ned Sr. and Gloria Curley. He died as a warrior. Mr. Curley was an adventurous person who enjoyed the outdoors - particularly fishing. He enjoyed movies. He loved the scriptures and reading in general. A people's man, Mr. Curley was a true leader who liked to socialize. He loved his grandson, Alex, and all children. He was kindhearted. He loved his job as a sergeant in law enforcement, and his church callings. Most importantly he was a great husband, father, son, grandfather, uncle and brother. Mr. Curley is survived by his wife, Pauline Curley; his children, Arielle Curley, Derrick Curley and Bronte Curley; one grandson; parents Ned Sr. and Gloria Curley; brothers Marvin Curley, Ned Curley Jr., Neil Curley and Darren Curley; sisters Doreen Vann and Nancy Avery; 20 nephews; 23 nieces; and one grand-niece. A funeral service will take place Saturday, July2, 2011 at 10 a.m., daylight savings time, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in Chinle. Memories and condolences can be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any memorial donations can be made to the memorial account sponsored by Bank of the West for Sgt. Darrell Curley at any bank nationwide or by calling the Bank of the West at (928) 645-3223. Norvel Owens Mortuary is handling arrangements. In Memoriam: Sergeant Darrell C. Curley Killed in Indian Country Navajo Flags at Half-Mast The news release came in an email Sunday evening from the Navajo Nation announcing the death of Navajo Police Sergeant Darrell C. Curley. He was shot in the line of duty on Saturday night while responding to a domestic dispute between two brothers on the Navajo Nation. He was transported to a hospital in Page, Arizona where died early Sunday morning. The email was a stark and vivid reminder of the danger each police officer across the country faces as they put their uniform on and report to work to protect communities across America every day. So far in 2011, 89 police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1979, a total of five Navajo Police officers have been fatally wounded by gunfire. Prior to the weekend's killing of Sgt. Curley was Navajo Police officer Samuel Anthony Redhouse, in February 1997. Sergeant Curley was a twenty-six year veteran who was a dedicated officer who served the Navajo Nation well. According the Division of Public Safety, Sgt. Curley was recruited in February 1986, and later transferred to the Tuba City District and promoted to Police Sergeant in 2003. His many achievements included certificates for 20 years of service, commitment and dedication; outstanding contribution toward the recovery efforts from the Navajo Nation, Federal Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the Arizona Department of EMS; and commended by the Chinle Police District for his valued service and dedication. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ordered Navajo flags to be flown at half-mast until Thursday. Sergeant Curley leaves behind a wife, three children, his parents and siblings.
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