Bruce Edward Curran, of Murphy, Texas, died January 5 of complications related to COVID-19. He was
A lifelong proud Texan, Bruce was born in Corpus Christi on August 15, 1954, to Peter Hilliard and Rose Etta Curran. As a child, he was an avid reader, though not always a fan of school. He once walked two miles home from elementary school because it bored him—much to the dismay of his teacher and mother. It's not without merit that he went on to be a high school teacher, assistant principal, and later, principal, while earning a doctorate in education.
Bruce served in the United States Navy before attending college at Sul Ross State University. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Sul Ross, a master's degree in Education from East Texas State University, and a Doctor of Education from East Texas State, now Texas A&M, Commerce. In 1976, he married Pamela Wheeler of Poteet while attending college in Uvalde. While living in Uvalde, they had two children: Angela Kay in 1976 and Charles Royal in 1978. Bruce began his career as a history teacher and football coach at Uvalde High School. When an opportunity to become an assistant principal arose, the family moved to Kaufman, where they lived from 1982 to 1990. Bruce served in the Kaufman Independent School District during that period, ultimately becoming principal of Lucille Nash Elementary before joining Region X Education Service Center and relocating to Mesquite.
Bruce was an early technology enthusiast and became fascinated with home computing in the early 1980s. That fascination served him well throughout his career, which ultimately took him to the private sector as a vice president at M&A Technology, a computer manufacturer, before retiring. Not one to settle into a life of leisure, Bruce reinvented himself after retirement and maintained a thriving real estate business for many years. In his second retirement, he operated a small computer repair business and formed a real estate brokerage with close friend, Bruce Turner. Bruce loved science fiction books and was a lifelong photography and woodworking hobbyist. He enjoyed playing and collecting guitars and took up the ukulele later in his life.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pamela; daughter Angela and her wife Sarah of Seattle; and son Charles and his wife Heather, of Colorado Springs; as well as two cats, Blaze and Smokey, and one dog, Sandy. He is also survived by his brother, Peter II and his wife Jackie, of Corpus Christi; his sister, Debra and her husband Wayne, of Corpus Christi; his nephew, Pete III and his wife Delina, of Portland, Texas; his niece Deana and her husband Harold, of Corpus Christi; his nephew Wayne and his wife Ashley of Corpus Christi; his nephew Kristopher of Los Angeles; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The family expresses its deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Baylor Scott & White MedicalCenter in Plano for their incredible care, kindness, and positivity in the face of adversity. In lieu of flowers, please consider providing a memorial gift to the North Texas Food Bank to help those suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or to the USO to help our armed forces.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance."