He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Chester, Idaho, to Solomon Elmer and Maria Rose Angell. Curley was raised in Twin Groves, Idaho, where he attended a little, two-room school until he graduated from the eighth grade. He then attended high school in St. Anthony, where he excelled in football and boxing and was the student body president his senior year. Curley’s outstanding ability as a boxer in high school led him to some semi-pro boxing throughout the intermountain West, including Canada.
On Dec. 26, 1944, Curley married his life-time friend and next door neighbor, Blanch Allen. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. Rodeo played a huge role in Blanch and Curley’s life. Soon after their marriage, they built a rodeo arena in West Yellowstone, Mont., and produced a weekly rodeo. The next year, they moved their rodeo business to Island Park to again produce weekly rodeos. For the next 10 years, Curley competed professionally all over the West. His main event was saddle bronc riding, but he rode bulls as well, winning several championships. Curley was accompanied by his wife, Blanch, as he rodeoed throughout the country, and she competed in barrel racing. During this period of competition, Curley and Blanch built a home on the small ranch that Curley inherited from his dad, and Curley worked as a journeyman lineman for local power companies. Curley and Blanch spent a lot of time raising their family of five.
In 1960, Curley gave up contesting in rodeos and formed the Curley Angell Rodeo Company. For many years, he produced rodeos all over Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. During this period of time, Curley and Blanch essentially became the nucleus of rodeo life in Eastern Idaho. During this same period of time, during the winter months, and using his expertise as a lineman, Curley started a powerline construction company specializing in rough-terrain type jobs. He contracted all over the western states. During that time, Curley hired, trained, and became a powerful lifetime influence on many young men.
Soon it became obvious that powerline construction was more profitable than producing rodeos, so Curley started building powerline full time, year round. During the powerline construction phase of his life, Curley was awarded several powerline contracts in the Burns area, and this marked a major change in Blanch and Curley’s life. In 1976, they bought a small ranch there! Curley continued to operate his powerline construction business and also raised horses, cattle and hay on the ranch.
In 1994, Curley retired, and to be closer to part of the family, he and Blanch sold their Oregon ranch and moved to Wilder.
Although retired, Curley began trimming trees and building lodge pole pine furniture for his huge family of 79. There isn’t one of the family that doesn’t have some of the furniture he has made in their home.
Curley was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an Eagle Scout, and worked many years as a scout leader. He had a great love of family, and in their 70 years of marriage, he and Blanch have continued to support children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their sporting events.
Curley is survived by his wife, Blanch; sons, Tom (Chris) Angell, Billy Joe (Heidi) Angell of St. Anthony, and Casey (JoAnn) Angell of Wilder; daughter, Bonnie (Sam) Mackenzie of Jordan Valley; and brother, A.W. (Maurine) Angell . Curley is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a son, Jerry Lynn Angell.
A viewing for Curley will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Homedale, Idaho, and from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the church. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the LDS Church in Homedale, Idaho. Interment and graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Wilford Cemetery in St. Anthony, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to www.flahifffuneral chapel.com.