George Richard Betenes

August 4, 1937December 28, 2012

Our wonderful beloved Dick Betenes (age 75) returned to his Heavenly Home on December 28, 2012. Dick was born on August 4, 1937 to Gus C. Betenes and Mary R. Brown in SLC, UT. After graduating South High School, ’55, he joined the Marine Corps and on April 3, 1962, married Dee, the love of his life. He studied electronics engineering and used his skills for 20 years at Channel 4, Utah Communications, and Motorola before starting UCS Wireless in 1980. Retired in 2002. Hobbies included boating, fishing, golf, bowling and San Diego sunsets. A sensitive soul with never ending generous nature. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and granddaughter Cynthia. Mourning his death are his 4 children, Bruce George, Kitty (Harry) Taylor, Brent Betenes, Kerry (Michael) McLelland, 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Viewing will be held Friday, January 4, from 6-8 PM or 10-10:45 A.M. Saturday. Services will be on Saturday, 11 AM. Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Primary Children’s Medical Center, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, UT 84158. Online condolences



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Bridgette Martin-Thurman

April 1, 2013

It was such a pleasure and honor to know such a great man. May his beauty live on in your memories and bring you peace.

Gary Godwin

January 28, 2013

Kerry, I am sorry to here of the passing of your father. You always talked highly of him. Are thoughts and prayers are with u , Love Gary & Kristy

Patick Barlow

January 10, 2013

Brent, I'm so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was the best of men. Our hearts to you and your entire family.

Nils Carlson

January 6, 2013

Kerry, I'm so sorry to read of your father's passing. I know you were close to him in so many ways. You've been a very caring and dedicated daughter; a father couldn't ask for any more in a daughter.
My condolences to you and your family. May God bless you all.


January 5, 2013

For Dick, and for the family - a candle in rmembrance of a truly good friend.

Cal Coleman

January 5, 2013

Betenes Family,

It was my pleasure to know Dick for many years as his insurance agent. I will miss his semi-annual visits to my office where he would keep me updated on his San Diego adventures. Each and every visit he would inform me his insurance rates were way too high, then after making me squirm in my chair for the full thirty minutes, pull a check from his pocket that was already made out for the full premuim of the insurance. Loved that good hearted man. It was a nice service today for Dick. My sympathy to you all.

Tawni Hanseen

January 5, 2013

Brent, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's death. My heart goes out to you and your family.


Bart and Iretta Thaxton

January 5, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Dave Phillips

January 5, 2013

Dear Betenes Family,
We want to let you know we felt very lucky to have a great neighbor like Dick. We will miss him.
Much love, Dave,Sam,Tyler and Ellie Phillips

Bruce & Kohala Webster

January 5, 2013

Today my wife and I with others who knew him mourn the passing and loss of our good friend, Dick Betenes. In the all too short five years we had the pleasure of getting to know Dick, we would learn about and appreciate his life, and he ours. A mutual friendship of trust and caring began. During that time, we would visit his home in Utah, meet his friends and family members, and always remember the occasions as friendly as he, and we would appreciate him that much more. As his health problems grew so did his good humor, generosity and most of all, his good will towards all. This let us support him without pity but with deep respect and love for him. Many others will miss him here, his second home.
May the Good Lord rest our friend Dick Betenes.