by wynne love | photos by Soul of Photography

Lani and Joe Curtis met at a camp in Big Bear when they were mere teens. Their lives have taken them far afield since, but they are proud to call Del Mar home.
“There is a strong, multigenerational sense of community in Del Mar,” commented Lani, and the Curtis family contributes to it. With four generations now living within the boundaries of Del Mar and Solana Beach, it especially feels like home to them. “We love walking, biking into town or the beach, walking the bluffs and catching the sunset,” reflected Lani.
Lani grew up in Del Mar and attended Torrey Pines High School, but headed east for college, earning her BA in Art History from Dartmouth in 1998. Joe went to high school in Sonoma County and attended college in Colorado, and then served as a physics and chemistry teacher for the Peace Corps in Benin. Between them, they have lived in five different countries and have traveled to 45 countries on six of the seven continents.
t.f.-8083Now Lani works as director of development for Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe and Joe is executive vice president of sales and business development for The Pango Group. Joe serves on the Design Review Board for the City of Del Mar and Lani serves on the Planning Commission and volunteers for the PTA at Del Mar Heights Elementary School, where two of their three boys attend school.
Despite this settled family life, Lani and Joe maintain a global focus. “We are involved in a local charity called One Billion Thirsty that helps build awareness around the world’s water crisis,” explained Lani. They are also active in their church, Horizon Christian Fellowship.
Their sons Cole (7), James (6) and Rees (3) also keep them busy. “We’re on a first name basis with many of the lovely folks at Urgent Care,” laughed Lani. “On one occasion, one of our boys got injured in the ER waiting area, while we were waiting to see the doctor for another one of our boys…”
They love all sports, and with Lani’s father, Brian Sipe, on the Aztecs’ coaching staff, they are born football fans. They also keep up on pop culture, with Cole and James performing Gangnam Style for the Del Mar Heights Talent Show this year. “They were very proud,” reported Lani, “and mom and dad didn’t know they had it in them.”

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At A Glance

Parents:  Lani Curtis (36), Joe Curtis (38)
Community:  Del Mar Village since 2009
Hometown:  Lani – Del Mar; Joe – Santa Rosa
Occupation:  Lani – Director of Development at Horizon Prep;
Joe – Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for The Pango Group
Children:  Cole (7), entering 2nd Grade at Del Mar Heights Fall 2013; James (6), entering 1st grade at Del Mar Heights Fall 2013; Rees (3), entering Preschool at Horizon Prep
Pets:  Cat named Skittles Safari Curtis