On July 11, 2021 at 73 years of age, Allen Andrew Betts was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born March 17, 1948 in Miles City, Montana, to Guy Andrew Betts and Morita Frances Redding of Hardin, Montana. He was the second of five children. His younger years were spent in the Hardin area and on Sarpy Creek with his brothers at Bud and Vella Redding, his grandparent’s place.
His school years were in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana where he graduated from Stevensville, Montana. His favorite activities in school were choir, football, and track. After graduation he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked for Boeing for a while before returning to Montana, to “get away from girls,” as he put it. He went back to Bud and Vella Redding’s place on Sarpy after joining the U.S. Army and attending basic training. While at his grandparent’s he met the neighbor girl, Carol Crum over a dipping vat while working cows in March. Being the fast mover that he was, he asked her out in August of that year. They were married June 1, 1970 in Hardin, Montana.
He was working at the sugar beet factory in Billings, Montana, when his first child, Dena, was born. He then went to work on the railroad and transferred to Glendive, Montana. His first son, Stacey, was born in Billings. He then was transferred to Fallon, Montana. His second son, Dante, was born in Glendive, Montana. After the railroad he moved to Hamilton, Montana to raise pigs and work on a dairy farm. His brother, Jim, taught him how to drive a semi truck and he started truck driving, which took the family to Boise, Idaho, where his youngest daughter, Kamie, was born. Truck driving then took the family to Hayden, Colorado, where he drove coal trucks for five years before returning to the Billings area. He started hauling propane for Summit Transport for the next 33 years which took him all over the 13 western states.
He always enjoyed spending time with his family, playing guitar, and singing for anyone that would like to listen. He enjoyed gardening, canning, and took over the cooking while Carol was still working. Allen always made sure people never left his house with an empty stomach, or a backseat full of garden goods or canned food. His goal was to uplift every person he met and tried to make everyone smile and laugh. He loved his country and believed in the Constitution and always took time to thank our veterans and military personnel.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Morita Betts, brother Guy “Rick” Betts, and many friends and extended family that have previously passed.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Crum Betts, his children Dena Betts VanGorder (Myles), Stacey Betts, Dante Betts (Valerie), Kamie Betts, his 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and three more on the way.
Burial will be Tuesday July 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Billings at 912 Wicks Lane.