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Curtis Dee Holmes

Dec. 27, 1959 - Mar. 21, 2018

Date of Service: Mar. 31, 2018

BURLEY – Curtis Dee Holmes, a 58-year-old resident of Idaho Falls and formerly of Burley, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Curtis was born to Don and Naomi Holmes on December 27, 1959, the fourth of four wonderful children. He went to school in Burley, Idaho and started riding dirt bikes at a very young age. Curtis was a star varsity football player at Burley High, graduating the class of 1978 – all the while riding his dirt bike and racing motocross across the west. After high school, Curtis went to work with his father and brother, at Maverick Construction, mostly building roads and campgrounds in the forests of Idaho and Wyoming.

He married Lori Fitzhugh in 1983, and welcomed her son, Anthony into his life as his own. In 1986 their awesome son, Colby was born.

A few years later, Curtis and Lori divorced and Curtis decided to further his education. He and Colby moved to Boise where he enrolled at BSU. He graduated in 1994 magna cum laude with a BS degree in construction management. He continued his love of riding and racing every chance he had.

After college, he and his best friend/ love-of-his-life Robin Sears, moved around the western states together working construction. Curtis managed several major construction projects in Nevada and California. One of his favorites was a massive Salmon habitat restoration of the Merced River.

Curtis later moved on to building Supercross tracks in the stadiums of the United States and Europe. He loved traveling and being around the Motocross and Supercross community and made many close friends along the way. His lifetime passion of Motorcross lead to his eventual career path into private and public MX track building, prioritizing the safety of riders with his famous track designs.

Curtis was also an avid pheasant hunter and fisherman, with a love for the conservation of our natural resources. His desire for the restoration of disturbed and littered public lands drove him to endless volunteer hours of clean up.

Known as the "Turtle" to many, Curtis turned supersonic in pursuit of pheasants, eclipsed only while on his dirtbike.

He loved and was so proud of his son, Colby and daughter-in-law, Jessica. He cherished spending quality time with them and his new in-laws in Montana.

Curtis landed his dream job in Idaho Falls working for the city, at Noise Park, managing and re-building the Motocross track. He also helped with the stock-car races. He was a hard worker and loved by all.

He was a leader in “The Derby” and he officially won it. Passing away in his riding gear, he was doing what he loved – riding his dirtbike! On the evening of March 21, while riding a track he'd "burned in" on the rolling grassy hills near Idaho Falls, he pulled over, laid down Big Red, and checked out!

He is survived by his son, Colby (Jessica) Holmes of Butte, Montana, his sister, Sheryl (Chris) Dowling of Orem Utah; his sister, Sandi Viau of Hailey; and his brother, Rick (Melanie) Holmes of Rupert. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Anthony; and his nephew, Tracy.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a natural conservation or wildlife fund of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley.