Rudy Obren Betts
December 16, 1950 – June 21, 2020
Rudy Obren Betts was born on December 16, 1950 and passed away on June 21, 2020 and is under the care of Eubank Cedar Creek.
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Rudy Obren Betts
June 27, 2020
I am sorry for your loss and the loss of my old friend, Rudy.
We were buddies 'way back. When we were kids in Morenci, the the mine, Phelps-Dodge Corp., had it's own mercantile operation. (This is the "I owe my soul to the company store" in the old song by Tennessee Ernie Ford song, situation) The company store would order the same resupply every 6 months, for dry goods. They never looked at sales and changed amounts of items in demand. So, every six months, they would order two pair of Levi's jeans, sized 30"x36", and never any more. Rudy and I both wore that size, so my Mom and Mrs. Betts would both try to be the first to get to the PD Store, to get the pants we wore out pretty quickly. Skinny kids with long legs were out of luck in that town.
I hated it when the Betts' family moved to Clifton, but Rudy and I worked it out. By that time I had moved from Old Morenci to an area called East Plantsite. (The mine expanded through Old Morenci, and the entire town was moved ~5 miles down the mountain - original Morenci ceased to exist.) This put me about 1,000 feet above Clifton,on a close-by mountain. The path down was a steep ridge, straight-line incline down to Clifton, or, if I could talk my Dad into it, I could take my bicycle a mile over to the highway, and take the 4 mile downhill ride to Clifton, so Rudy and I could hang out and ride our bikes all over town. We had great times that I'll never forget.
Good-bye my friend. I'm sorry I didn't do a good job of staying in touch.