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A memorial and funeral Mass for Daniel Curtin Jr., an influential Bay Area land use attorney who died Nov. 30, has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Walnut Creek. For four decades, Curtinwas instrumental in shaping land use law in California as an author and a lawyer. Until his death at 73, he practiced as senior counsel at Bingham McCutchen in Walnut Creek. His books, like “Curtin’s California Land Use and Planning Law,” made the law accessible to planners, public officials, lawyers and judges alike. His former colleagues at Bingham McCutchen, where Curtin spent 20 years as a partner, said his books were frequently cited and relied on by California courts. “Dan was clearly the dean of California land use law,” said longtime colleague Sanford Skaggs, managing partner of Bingham’s Walnut Creek office. “On a personal level he was just a wonderful person � he was genuinely and sincerely interested in everybody, no matter who they were.” Born in San Francisco, Curtin was raised in the Sunset District by Irish immigrant parents. He earned a degree in political science from the University of San Francisco in 1954, and got his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1957. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1964. Curtin began his legal career as assistant secretary for the California State Senate, then served as counsel to the Assembly Committee on Local Government. In 1965, he was appointed city attorney of Walnut Creek, serving there until 1982. He subsequently joined the Walnut Creek office of what is now Bingham McCutchen as a partner. His numerous awards included the American Bar Association’s Jefferson Fordham Lifetime Achievement Award. Curtin was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Myrtle Rose. He is survived by his younger sister Kathleen Curtin, five children and eight grandchildren, and an extended family in California, Ireland, England and Canada. A visitation will be held on Thursday starting at 5 p.m. at Hull’s Walnut Creek Chapel, 1139 Saranap Ave. in Walnut Creek, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, at 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek, at 10 a.m. on Friday, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, P.O. Box 88147, Houston, Texas 77288, to assist in the education of the young Mayan Indian Community. Donations may also be sent to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 304, Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545-0304.

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