Police, Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders escort Diné Marine home

The Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders and local law enforcement escort the remains of U.S. Marine Sgt. Amron J. Curtis on State Route 98 on Wednesday morning. Photo by Bob Hembree/Lake Powell Chronicle

Amron Curtis

PAGE – The remains of a Diné U.S. Marine was escorted home to Diné Bikéyah on Wednesday morning.

The Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders, along with local law enforcement, including the Page Police Department and the Tuba City Police District, escorted the remains of U.S. Marine Sgt. Amron J. Curtis from Greenehaven, near the Utah-Arizona border, to the Curtis family plot near milepost 35 on Coppermine Road, in the Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah).

Amron Curtis was 32 years old. He was Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People) and born for Tł’ááshchí’i (The Red Bottom People). His maternal grandfather is Kinyaa’áanii (The Towering House People) and his paternal grandfather is Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle). He was born on Dec. 3, 1987 to Amelia and James Curtis Sr.

Curtis served the country from 2006 to 2014. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan from 2007 to 2009, after which he was deployed to Afghanistan for a year.

Curtis also served as a recruiter at the Marine Corps Recruiting Sub-Station in Flagstaff from 2010 to 2014.

He is survived by both his parents; siblings James Curtis Jr. and Jamie Curtis Jackson; nieces Camille, Ava, and Natalia; and nephew Christopher Thomas.

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