Curtis J.D. Daggett

Curtis J.D. Daggett

Lansing, Michigan

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.

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Richard and Nancy Smith
August 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Rest in peace Brother…we will miss you!

Dane and Michelle Jurkoovic
August 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm

I have known “Papa” Daggett nearly all my life. He is a great man and one heck of a Dad to his children. Most of my memories go back when Scott and I played soccer together and his big smile when his son was playing. had a few great times on the pond too .

Our love goes out to the whole family.

Dane, Michelle, and Bozena~

Sue Barratt
August 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Curt was a great person and a great brother. Anybody who met Curt T23Ewould remember him and most likely have a story to share about some of his antics. He lit up a room with his humor and outgoing personality. When we were young he was always trying to bribe me to clear the table or press a pair of his pants by offering a bag of marbles in return. Hopefully, in the not too distant future they will find a cure for the awful disease of Altzheimers which took his life. RIP Curt, I love you.

Jim (Charlie) & Judi McCarthy
August 9, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Curt was a lifelong friend since high school. I have many fond memories and even a few mischevious ones. We sure had a lot of good times. RIP Curt, Good speed.

Dick & Linda Best
August 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Mary Jo and family: So sorry for your loss, our hearts and prayers are with you.. He too, like Tom Bolan, had that little twinkle in his eye when he was about to jab you or already did. And that wonderful smile. Peace be with you Curt…

Marilyn Pettit-Calhoun
August 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I am so sorry to read this today in the Lansing paper. My prayers and condolences to the entire family. RIP Curt.

Terry Dodge
August 11, 2015 at 7:59 am

From the Pattengill years. We’ll send a couple of extra Hail Mary’s just like olden times. Keep safe and sincerest condolences….


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