Published in the Santa
Maria Times on 4/30/2009
Curtis Arnold Reade
III, 51, of Santa Maria, California died peacefully at home, April 28,
2009, after a prolonged illness. Curtis was born on August 14, 1957 in
Santa Maria, California to Curt and Loretta Reade.
An outstanding athlete. Reade played both Football and Baseball while
attending Santa Maria High School, graduating in 1975.
As a sophomore at Hancock College, Curt was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
as a pitcher in the first round of the Major League Baseball's Winter
Draft but opted to attend Fresno State on a baseball scholarship.
He played for Fresno State for two years and earned the nickname, "Bus,"
for the strength and power of his pitching. During his time playing ball
for Fresno, the LA Dodgers took note of his accomplishments and he was
drafted into their organization. He played Triple A ball in Lodi and had
the fastest "fast" ball in the Dodger organization at the time.
After spending several years with the Dodgers, Curt was offered the opportunity
to play Italian Professional baseball in Italy. He accepted the offer
and spent a season there with his wife and children.
As much as Curt loved baseball, his first love was his family. Curt married
his high school sweetheart, Veroneka Urbanske, in 1980 and they soon had
two children, Curtis and Tiffany.
He was devoted to his family and enjoyed their time together BBQing, going
to the beach, Dodger games, and attending youth sports and activities.
As the rest of the family grew, Curt welcomed each new niece and nephew
with open arms, literally!! He always had a ready smile and playful spirit.
He was affectionately known as our own, "Uncle Buck."
He encouraged each child's unique personality to flourish and with that
playful twinkle in his eye, he inspired each to become proficient in the
art of "pulling a good prank."
He kept his calendar busy throughout the years, cheering on nieces and
nephews in all of their many sporting events and other activities. In
addition to his 16 nieces and nephews, he was also "Uncle" to
most of their cousins and friends as well. He will be sorely missed by
all. His legacy will live on through his positive and simple approach
to life and finding the humor in every situation.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years Veroneka Reade of Santa Maria,
son Curtis A. Reade IV and his wife Sarah of San Diego, CA, daughter Tiffany
N. Reade of Fresno, CA, parents Curtis and Loretta Reade of Santa Maria,
sister Terri Bramer and her husband Brant of Fresno, CA, brothers Craig
A. Reade and his wife Christine of Santa Maria and Chris A. Reade and
his wife Sue of Salinas, CA and nieces and nephews Jeri, Nick, Amy, Theresa,
Laura, Calvin, Tanika, Reade, Trent, Anthony, Lindsay, Andrew, Lauren,
Ryan, Brett and Rachel.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 1, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at
St. Louis De Montfort Catholic Church with Fr. Ed Jalbert officiating.
Cremation was requested with private inurnment.