Daniel A. Curry

daniel curry

March 28, 1937 ~ March 8, 2017

Resided in: Palos Verdes Estates, CA

March 28, 1937 – March 8, 2017 Daniel Arthur Curry passed away March 8th peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family just shy of his 80th birthday. Born to John and Eva Curry in Tempe, Arizona, Dan grew up the youngest of seven children. As a teen, he moved with his parents to Playa Del Rey and he graduated from Loyola High School (1953); Loyola University (1957) and Loyola Law School (1960). He married Joy Shallenberger in 1959, which he believed made him the most fortunate man ever. They raised six children together in California and Hawaii. Dan is survived by Joy, his wife of more than 57 years and his children: Beth Bohn (Buddy), Katie Lindsay (Ladd), Peter Curry (Dora), Jennifer Villeneuve (Joe), Julia Marinoni (Manfredo) and David Curry; grandchildren: Jayme Bohn, Sandy Bohn, Keely Bohn, Elan Bernstein, Benjamin Bernstein, Ashley Curry, Alenna Curry Gatti (Aaron), Owen Curry, Cassidy Villeneuve, Dylan Villeneuve, Briana Marinoni, Elisa Marinoni, and Liam Curry; and a great-grandchild on the way. Dan was a Captain in the US Air Force and served in the Judge Advocate General's corps from 1961-1964. He was a litigator with Wolford, Johnson, Pike and Covel, and with Demetriou & Del Guercio from 1964-1967 and then an attorney at Technicolor, Inc from 1967-70. In 1970, he became the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Amfac, Inc, which prompted the family move to Oahu. From 1987-1992, Dan was Vice President and General Counsel to the Times Mirror Company. He was appointed to the California Superior Court in 1992, a position he held until 1998 when elevated to the Second District Court of Appeals, Division Four until 2006. He continued his involvement on a limited basis through private judging with ARC until 2016. In addition to his professional work, Dan was a member of the Board of Regents for Loyola Marymount University (1983-98); Loyola Law School Board of Overseers (1998-2016); American Bar Association Committee on Corporate Law Departments (1973-1992), and Section of Dispute Resolution, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation Section (Executive Committee 2011-2016); as a Director of the Los Angeles Oncologic Institute (1987-1992); a Trustee for the Hawaii Medical Library; a Director of the Palama Settlement in Honolulu; and as a Regent for Chaminade University (1979-1983). He was asked to be Honorary Consul General for Ireland, a privilege that delighted him though he could not accept. Dan's family, friends, and colleagues remember him for his intellectual curiosity, sense of humor, and generosity. He traveled the world with Joy, had an affinity for watches and cameras, loved books and poetry, told great stories, and was a pillar of strength to his family and community. He was a mentor, role model and staunch advocate for many, especially his children. He regaled us with stories of growing up in the wild west of Tempe where his family owned Curry Hardware and where Curry Road was named after his father. Dan was a train enthusiast, a cyclist, played college basketball, golfed, taught his children to sail, and was a great walking companion. He cherished his friendships over many years through his Loyola community and at Los Angeles Country Club. He will be greatly missed. Services will be held on March 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach.

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  1. Dear Joy, I am so sorry for your loss. Dan was wonderful colleague when we served together on the Court of Appeal and a good friend thereafter. We all remember his sunny disposition, dedication to the law and perhaps most of all as a decent man with a wonderful sense of humor. I also admired him for how proud he was of his family, and especially you Joy.. It was my honor to be associated with him professionally and to retain our friendship afterwards Miriam also sends her condolences as she too liked Dan very much. Sincerely, Chuck Vogel .

  2. Dear Joy: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband, Joy, Judge Curry to me. I had the privilege of working for him as his court reporter while he was in Superior Court. I know he loved and was so proud of you and his entire family. I was very surprised when I read The Beach Reporter today. It was very saddening. My condolences to you and your family. Fondly, Linda Biche

  3. Joy, I was so saddened to read of Dan’s passing. I was in Hawaii at the time, but I’m sure Beth was with you. Please know that I will always keep you, and yours, in my heart. Sincerely,

  4. Dear Joy, I had heard from Tina that Dan had taken a fall. You tried so hard to keep him safe. I am sad for you that Dan has passed. If there is anything I can do please let me know. I am unable to go to the memorial but I will keep yo and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jane Reitz

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