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Detective Curt Michael Holland

August 13, 1983 ~ October 16, 2020 (age 37)

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Curt Michael Holland was born in Sparta, Illinois on August 13, 1983. He was the son of Carl L. and Sharon K. (Cheatum) Holland. 

He attended school in the Sparta Public School District where he participated in band, jazz band, math team, baseball, and golf. After high school, Curt attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. While at SIU Curt participated in the ROTC and played the trumpet in both the pep and marching bands. Curt graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice with a minor in Spanish. 

After graduation, Curt moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where he took a position at Best Buy. While there, Curt met his future wife, Amanda Richardson. Curt and Amanda lived in Colorado Springs for a few years, then moved to Denver so Amanda could pursue her Bachelor’s degree in nursing. They were married on July 22, 2014, just prior to Curt entering the academy for the Denver Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a corrections officer. 

On June 27, 2016 he was hired by the Commerce City Police Department. The day after his graduation from the CCPD Academy, December 10, 2016, their daughter Nora June was born. On February 10, 2020, their son Bennett Lee came into their lives. While at the CCPD, Curt served in numerous capacities - Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Range Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Traffic Accident Investigator, Traffic Enforcement Officer, and, at the time of his death, as a detective in the investigative unit.

Curt is survived by his wife Amanda, daughter Nora June, and son Bennett Lee. 

Also surviving are parents Carl and Sharon (Cheatum) Holland, Brother Reid (Natalie) Holland, Mother-in-Law Donna Maurer, Father-in-Law Tom Richardson, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. His Grandmother June Cheatum, Aunts Karen Cheatum and Jeanne Holland, Uncle Allen Westendorf, countless friends, and of course all of his brothers and sisters in blue. Curt was preceded in death by his grandparents Leslie Dale and Virginia Holland and Ervin Floyd Cheatum.

Curt was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Sparta, IL.

Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 24, 2020, 1pm (Mountain Time) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, Colorado. The following are specific considerations to keep in mind to help us maintain a safe and secure service area:

The service starts at 1pm (Mountain Time) and all attendees are asked to be in their seats by 12:45pm, at the latest. No public entry will be permitted prior to 11:30am. Parking and seating are limited, and admission will be via an online ticketing system. Family and close friends who have not already been contacted should reach out to Horan & McConaty for assistance in registering for tickets. Media and community members MUST register at to reserve their ticket and fill out a mandatory COVID-19 questionnaire. No public entry will be allowed into the venue parking lot after 12:30 p.m. As a matter of security, please refrain from bringing bags inside the venue. The only bags that will be permitted must be clear/see through. Oversized bags will not be allowed inside the venue. Cell phones or any other small recording devices (to include audio) cannot be used inside the venue.


Due to limited attendance, we encourage community members to view the Livestream video. Visit:

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation, or Colorado Police Officers Foundation,

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Private Services

Horan & McConaty Family Chapel
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003


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