December 30, 1929 – May 30, 2021
December 30, 1929 – May 30, 2021 Arthur Betts of Rochester, WA passed on May 30, 2021. He was born in Rochester on December 30, 1929 to C. A. and Hilda Betts. He was living in the same home in which he was born when he passed.
Arthur attended school in the Rochester school district and graduated from Rochester High School. He attended Centralia Junior college, then the University of Washington taking classes in Civil Engineering. He never graduated, but instead joined the Air Force and spent a couple years in El Paso, Texas as an Air Force mechanic working on the B-52 aircraft. After his Air Force service, he worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation as a civil engineer for many years, retiring in the early 1980’s.
He was always interested in flying and liked to tell stories about the small hanger on top of the hill above his home where he would keep his own small plane and use the hilltop as his runway. In his later years he would grow lots of Christmas trees on this hill. He was a farmer at heart and loved his tractors & back-hoe. He married his wife, Irene, on September 23, 1955. And shortly after the marriage adopted Ray, Brett and Cindy. Later he would have two more sons with Irene – Artie Betts and David Betts. Irene passed away in 2003. Later Arthur married Betty Elgin, who had been his high school sweetheart. This marriage lasted until Betty’s death in July, 2019.
Art was a life-long fisherman and spent much of his leisure time on the Chehalis river fishing for sturgeon, or at Westport, WA catching salmon. His son Artie was his favorite companion during these fishing trips. Art was a wonderful, dedicated & loving husband, father & grandfather to his 5 children, 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He will be buried at Grand Mound Cemetery along with his son, Artie, next to the burial plots where Irene is buried and also, his son, Brett.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
June 16, 2021
Art was my best friend. We went thru grade school and high school at Rochester. We also played a lot of sports together. Will sure miss miss him.
June 8, 2021
Thinking of all of you at this time. Growing up we knew Art because of his friendship with my dad Marion Smith. Lifelong friends they were, and lots of good stories and laughs when they got together. I loved going to Art's place to get a Christmas tree and the chance to visit with him. He always gave me a hug and asked about our family. He will be missed by many I am sure. Heaven gained a pretty special guy. The world was blessed to have him!
June 8, 2021
We are so sad to hear that Art passed away. He was such a great friend to our father, Marion Smith, while growing up and for years afterwards. We love stories dad shared of him and Art….. good buddies in high school at Rochester.. Please know we are thinking of all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.