Curtis Walter Moreland


Curtis Walter Moreland, 63, of Mesa, passed away earlier this month. He was born on August 2, 1955 in Glendale. Survivors include his daughters, Pamala (Brian) Dempsey, Jennifer Moreland, and Rebecca (Michael) Akers; his sisters, Holly Silkey and Dawn Savage; grandchildren Ethan Dempsey, Grace Dempsey, Charles Dempsey and Alyson Akers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Curtis graduated from Arizona State University with a double degree in accounting and computer science. He worked for many years as a computer programmer and systems engineer. One of Curtis' greatest accomplishments was bringing joy to children. He often did this through his portrayal of Santa Claus (aka "the big guy"). He shared this talent and his love of the Christmas story through countless appearances at hospitals, charities, churches, and private events (often donating all proceeds to help children). Curtis also worked tirelessly with children touched by grief and divorce through New Song Center for Grieving Children and Cornerstone Church Divorce Care for Kids.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 27th, 10 a.m. in the Student Center at Cornerstone Church, 1595 S Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85286.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Song Center for Grieving Children ( or the Cornerstone Church of Chandler, Arizona (
Published on April 23, 2019
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Maria and Steve Jaimes
Apr 27, 2019
We offer our most deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Curtis (Dude) will be missed by all. May time and God’s love heal your hearts. ❤️🙏
Chuck Simonson
Apr 26, 2019
I met Curtis at CR. Always enjoyed talking with him. He now celebrates in heaven. May the Lord give you special peace at this time.
Katherine Mendivil
Apr 25, 2019
I'm sad to hear this news. I volunteered along side Curtis in the 2's room a couple times. He was very kind and funny. He'll be missed. It's cool to see all the comments about how he impacted people. God Bless
Diane Amini
Apr 24, 2019
I met Curtis through serving at Cornerstone and I have very fond memories of him interacting with the children. He had such a kind and patient heart towards children and he would always seem to calm down any little one that was having a tough time in childcare. My kids have also had the pleasure of meeting the real Santa Claus ever since we have been at Cornerstone. They loved seeing him at Christmas time:) He really made their belief in Santa come alive. He will truly be missed!!
Cindy Wood
Apr 24, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this news. I knew Curtis from children’s ministry. He was such a blessing and had so much love to share. Always willing to help anywhere at any time. He will be deeply missed.
Dena Barnargas
Apr 24, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of Curtis’ passing. I knew Curtis from the children’s ministry at Cornerstone & had the privilege of volunteering with him. He brought so much joy to the kiddos. It’s going to be so different not physically seeing him on campus. I will miss him. Praying for his family. God be near.
Abby Gibson
Apr 24, 2019
I only had the privilege of knowing Curtis for the last 5 years or so but I am so blessed to have such a wonderful man share Jesus’ love with my children and share the magic of Santa as well. Curtis will be missed deeply by his Cornerstone family and “kids”. He was one of a kind and had such a sweet heart for our kids. All four of my children had the distinct pleasure of meeting the real Santa last Christmas. Santa gave my daughter the space and time (45 minutes) she needed to become comfortable with Santa. We will miss him so and look forward to meeting again in Heaven with Jesus.
Joan Taylor
Apr 24, 2019
You are in my prayers and thoughts. My deepest sympathy to Pamala Dempsey, Becky, & Jennifer and all the Curtis Moreland family.
Jim & Debbie Dempsey
Apr 24, 2019
Sorry to hear about Curtis passing
We will keep your family in our prayers.
Judy White
Apr 23, 2019
Santa meant so much to “my” kids. He’d call them each by name & remember them from year to year. His persona & the fun he brought to kids meant so much to him. I once slipped & called him Curtis; boy did I get in trouble for that! Curtis is a dear, sweet soul. He took his craft very seriously. A lot of people will be disappointed to have a Santa’s helper instead of The Real Santa. We love you, Curtis.
Apr 23, 2019
Curtis was a co-worker of mine for many years at ESS (then IHS). He and I shared a common interest in helping kids in need. He helped me create and execute a plan to turn an old storage closet at Midtown Primary School into a fully functioning computer lab using 100% donated equipment and software. This was 10+ years ago and that computer lab is still in use today and has helped thousand of kids learn valuable computer skills.

He became known at Midtown as the “real Santa”. His legacy will live on in the many children’s lives he touched.