1972 ~ 2021
Bradly Ray Betts was born December 12, 1972 in Hardin, Montana. He passed away May 30, 2021, Billings, Montana at the age of 48. Brad was the second of six children born to Sid and Gail Betts.
Brad spent his younger years living in the Sarpy Creek area. He moved with his family to Hardin where he attended school. Brad later moved to Wichita, Kansas his junior year and graduated from South Senior High School. Brad was a talented athlete and excelled in wrestling and football. He was proud to have been a Hardin Bulldog and Wichita South Titan.
Brad worked as an electrician apprentice while he attended MSU Bozeman. He enjoyed wood working and moved to Colorado where he worked as a cabinet maker for a time. Looking for adventure, he took his brother Patrick to Alaska where they gave crab fishing a try. Brad worked construction and eventually settled into the roofing trade. He became a talented finish metal roofer and was in high demand. He was given the nickname “Tin Man”.
Brad was a hard worker throughout all his endeavors and had one speed, “Fast”. He loved adventure and lived life to the fullest. Brad also had a passion for music and playing the guitar. He loved to write his own songs and lyrics.
Brad loved people and could see the good in everyone. He made friends with people of all walks of life. He had a kind and loving spirit. He was forever optimistic. When he experienced the ups and downs of life, he kept a positive outlook. His sense of humor and beautiful laugh will truly be missed by many. Brad always had a story to share and an ear to lend.
Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents Guy and Darlene Betts, Morita and Wilbur Hollibaugh and George & Marie Crum. His uncle James Crum and his special aunt Mary Lynn Crum.
Brad is survived by his children; Brandon Betts of Cortez, Colorado, Breyer Betts of Cortez, Colorado and Emerald Betts of Billings, Montana, his parents Sid and Gail Betts of Dayton, Wyoming; his siblings Mark Betts of Hardin, Montana, Patrick Betts of Dayton, Wyoming, Jason Betts of Billings, Montana, Julie (Paul) Molina of Hardin, Montana and Andrew Betts of Dayton, Wyoming; his nephews and nieces and many childhood friends.
Brad touched the hearts of all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.
Memorial services Thursday June 10, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel in Hardin and inurnment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.