Curtis Leasor

Curtis “Curt” Aden Leasor, 72, of Morgantown, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. He was born Feb. 22, 1949, in Fairmont, son of the late Mary O’Hare Leasor and Keith Leasor.

Curt was a husband, a father of five children and a grandfather.

As a senior engineering technician at WVU for over 40 years, he helped carry out the yearly Pumpkin Drop, the Baja racing competition and traveled all across North America with the Mobile Lab. Over the years, he tinkered with items big and small, from crafting a model train set and building his own computer to personally fixing the (many) mechanical failings of his children’s cars and restoring a forest green 1950s MG convertible. While these efforts were a labor of love, you wouldn’t know it by the profuse expletives exiting the garage when something went awry.

Curt’s absence will be most heavily felt at the local spots he frequented, Mario’s Fishbowl and the bar formerly known as The Wooden Nickel, to grab drinks with friends and entertain the waitstaff.
He was an avid WVU sports fan. Spending almost two decades with season tickets, he enjoyed the time tailgating with friends and educating his kids about Mountaineer traditions.
In his earlier years, Curt enjoyed reading books by his favorite authors, Christopher Moore and Stephen Coonts, watching documentaries and scuba diving. Most recently, he loved spending time with family, including his dog, Jack.

With his children spread across the U.S., he took the opportunity to travel by train to see the country and his grandkids, who lovingly referred to him as “dadu,” given his disdain for “grandpa.”

Curt is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lauren Starcher; five children, JaNeil Mesteller and husband Jason, of Toledo, Ohio, Joshua Leasor and wife Melissa, of Tampa, Fla., Elliott Leasor, of Daytona Beach, Fla., Aden Leasor, of Washington, D.C., and Brenna Leasor, of Arlington, Va.; five grandchildren, Gavin, Evan, Logan, Madeline and Emilia; one great-grandchild, Merrick Mesteller; and sister, Susan Kevaski and husband Bill, of Birmingham, Ala. In addition to his parents, Curt was preceded in death by his infant son, Benjamin, and sisters, Debbie and Mary Pat Leasor.

Curt will be cremated per his request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the organization that rescued Jack: K9s to Furkids, 3655 Wilsonburg Road, Reynoldsville, WV 26422, or through PayPal at