Wasilla and Cooper Landing resident Curtis Muse, also known as "Curt Trout," died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2005, while motoring across Skilak Lake after fishing on the Kenai River. He was 54.
A celebration of life and potluck will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Palmer Depot in Palmer. Pastor Doug Boyd will officiate.
Mr. Muse was born April 18, 1951, in Porterville, Calif., to Curtis and Betty Muse. He graduated from Reedsport High School in Reedsport, Ore., in 1969 before moving to Vancouver, Wash. He married Jody Wakeman in 1982, and in 1983 they moved to Wasilla. He worked for 22 years as a journeyman electrician all over the West Coast and Alaska. In Alaska, he worked in many villages and remote areas. He served in the Washington State Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.
Mr. Muse was an active member of the Cooper Landing Fish and Game Advisory Committee, helping to shape the future and preserve the ecosystem of the river and fishery so future generations would have the chance to enjoy fly fishing.
"Curt always had a love of fly fishing, which grew throughout the years. In 1983, he followed his dream and helped start Alaska Troutfitters in Cooper Landing. He became a master guide and found his calling teaching others the joy of fly fishing and respect for the river. Over the years, as his health declined, he developed many unusual fly fishing techniques that kept him fishing right up to the end. He taught these techniques to everyone he met, from clients, to fellow guides, to diehard fly fishermen from all over the world. Curt's soft spoken manner and true love of fishing was apparent to all who met him, but he especially enjoyed teaching children, the elderly and disabled clients," he family said.
"Over the years, Curt and his partner Cheryl Rice shared their knowledge with many guides who helped teach Curt's techniques to more clients, but two special guides became part of his extended family, Billy Coulilette and Dusty Byrd.
"Curt was a legend on the river and earned the respect of all who knew him through the years. His motto was, 'You're never too old for fishing.'"
Mr. Muse was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Nolan Muse Sr.; mother, Betty Cox; and brother, Michael Muse.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jody Muse of Wasilla; daughters and son-in-laws, Heidi and Rob Burkett of Lynden, Wash., and Megan and Russ Schutt of Blaine, Wash.; sons, Dustin Muse stationed with the Army in Italy and Cameron Muse of Wasilla; sister and brother-in-law, Luan and Tim Lalonde of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers and sisters-in-laws Dan and Rachel Cox of Soldotna, David and Kelley Cox of Nikiski and John and Lisa Cox of Vancouver; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Beverly Wakeman of Ocean Park, Wash.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Susan Wakeman of Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Lori Comstock of Vancouver; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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