Benjamin Young “Ben” Curran, 86, a longtime Tracy Realtor and owner of a Tracy real estate firm who was a leader in Tracy real estate and the community, died Dec. 8 at his Tracy home.
Born in Sacramento and the son of George and Frances Curran, he came to Tracy with his family 82 years ago at the age of 4.
Mr. Curran attended Tracy schools and graduated in 1952 from Tracy High School. He served in the U.S. Army in a combat unit in Korea during the Korean War.
He and Arlene Simonich were married on Nov. 17, 1956.
After his father’s early death, he took over the family real estate business, Curran Real Estate, as broker and owner, titles he held until his death.
Mr. Curran was active in the countywide Economic Development Association, which brought industries to Tracy and nearby communities, served as president of the Tracy Board of Realtors and was a participant in the Tracy Tomorrow programs that charted the city’s growth and development.
He was a volunteer in the Tracy Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July celebration at Tracy Municipal Airport, the Relay for Life and Brighter Christmas.
Mr. Curran enjoyed playing golf at Tracy Golf and Country Club, where he played with many friends and helped with monthly Men’s Club dinners.
He loved family life, vacations in Capitola, Lake Tahoe, Carmel and Hawaii, dinners at the Moose Lodge and watching televised sports, especially the 49ers and staying in contact with life long friends.
Mr. Curran attended Mass regularly at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and re-kindled his faith when his wife, Arlene, became ill before passing away in 2016.
Ben’s family was the apple of his eyes. He was devoted to each and every one of them. We always felt his love. And we always felt safe when he was near.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl (Mel) Martin of Tracy and Julie (Larry) Guillen of Stockton; a son, Scott (Monica) Curran of Tracy; and four grandchildren, Ryan Stevens of Redwood City, Hayley (Brad) Ramsey of Tracy, and Abby Curran and Emma Curran, both of Tracy; and three great-grandchildren, Riley, Kennedy and Grady Ramsey.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Arlene Simonich Curran, and a sister, Sally Curran Vierra.
We thank Dr. G. Grewal for being dad’s health advocate for over 30 years... and a special thanks for his caregiver Neo, who cared for him and helped him along the way until his passing. The care and compassion dad received was truly a gift, and we are most grateful for all who took care of him.
Services for Mr. Curran will be held Dec. 22. A Rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Avenue, followed at 11 a.m. by a Memorial Mass at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave. Burial will follow.
The family prefers memorial contributions to
St. Bernard’s Catholic Church • 163 W.Eaton Ave., Tracy, CA 95376.
Tracy Interfaith Ministries • PO Box 404 • Tracy, CA 95378.
American Heart Association • 2007 O Street • Sacramento, CA 95811
or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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