Curtis Jay Dominick Daggett passed away at home on August 8th, 2015, peacefully in his sleep, as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s. His painful suffering and struggles have come to an end. “I have fought a good, fight I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Curtis was born February 21, 1940, in Lansing the son of Laurence and Leora (Curtis) Daggett. He was a 1958 graduate of Sexton High School and attended Lansing Business and Community College. He was a heavy equipment operator in his father’s business PDM and West Lansing Gravel. After Curt’s father passed away, Curt’s entrepreneur side took over, he became a self-made man. Over the next few years Curt started three of his own businesses: Daggett Sand and Gravel, Daggett Container Service and Daggett Recycling Companies which are still in existence today. For nearly 50 years they continue to be family owned and operated. With a simple handshake and smile – business was done!
A deck of cards, a good cribbage game, fishing at his Canadian retreat aka “Heaven,” hunting and spending time at “The Pond” with his family and friends were some of his greatest joys. The Marco Island Beaches were his favorite Winter get-away. He will be remembered for his love of family. He took great joy in his ten grandchildren, affectionately known as “pops” or “papa.” His greeting was always friendly with a big smile, “Hello big boy, Can I buy you a drink?” (Said Kahuna.)
Curtis was a member at St. Gerard Parish for over 35 years, where he served as a mainstay usher for the 7:30 a.m. mass. Also, a member of the Knights of Columbus #788 and a Golden Eagle #1039. Curtis served proudly in the Michigan National Guard.
Surviving are: his wife, Mary Jo, of nearly 50 years (August 14, 1965); two daughters, Camilla (David) DeSmyter and Sarae Daggett; two sons, Curtis (Theresa) and Scott (Jill) Daggett; grandchildren, Austyn, Giovanni, Scotty, Morgan, Garrett, and Paige Daggett, Brandon, Cole and Brady DeSmyter; brother, Joe (Marilyn); sister-in-law, Nancy Daggett; sisters, Judy (Don) Smith, Jackie (Sam) Hall, Sue (Mike) Barratt, Terry (Dave) Reitz and Mary Bolt; also, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his brother, Laurence Daggett II (2014) and grandson Robert Gatlin Daggett (1997).
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow, Lansing, with Fr. David Fons as Celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Clinic, for Alzheimer’s Research.