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Bruce Richard Betts

September 16, 1950 ~ November 10, 2019 (age 69)


Bruce Richard Betts was born in Chicago, Illinois, September 16, 1950, to Jack and Eileen Betts. He passed away November 10, 2019, from esophageal cancer.

Bruce was a strong spirit who loved his family deeply and truly. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth, and their three daughters Rebecca Miller (Scott), Rachel Buchi (David) and Alicia Backman (Rich) behind. He is also survived by two sisters, Valerie Holliday (John) and Kim Doyle (Mike). His grandchildren Mackenzie, Noel, Bruce, Carson, Natalie, and Hazel were a source of joy for him.

After graduating from East High School, Bruce held a variety of jobs to support his family, including serving in the United States Coast Guard, a roofer, brick layer, security for Senate of Utah State Legislators, and longtime Hewlett Packard facility support and office manager. Bruce also served as President of the Utah Chapter of the Ulster Project.

Bruce was an active member of the Masonic Family, serving in multiple roles, including: Associate Bethel Guardian for Job's Daughters International Bethel 13 in Salt Lake, Worshipful Master of Progress Lodge #22, a member of Scottish Rite 33rd degree, Worthy Patron of Lynds Chapter #1, member of Mountain Chapter #2, Associate Grand Patron for OES for the state of Utah, Most Worshipful Grand Master for Utah, a member of the Masonic Temple association board, and Board of Governor's for the Shriners Hospital. He was instrumental in forging a compact between Prince Hall and Utah Masonry and received numerous awards and recognition, including Hiram Award for outstanding Mason. 

Services will be held Friday evening, November 15, 2009, at Salt Lake Masonic Temple (650 E. South Temple); visit with the family from 6:00-7:00 p.m., service at 7:00 p.m. Gravesite Burial services will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (1342 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City). 

The family would like to thank the many family and friends who've provided support over the last few years as well as express gratitude to One Care Hospice and St. Joseph's Villa Rehab and long-term care facility for their service and tender care over the last few weeks.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bruce's name to one of the following:

The Huntsman Cancer Institute online at or send checks to 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112,


Send contributions to Utah Shriners Hospital Transportation Fund by making checks payable to Shriners Transportation Fund of Utah and mail to the Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

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November 15, 2019

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Salt Lake Masonic Temple
650 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Memorial Service
November 15, 2019

7:00 PM
Salt Lake Masonic Temple
650 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

November 16, 2019

10:00 AM
Mount Olivet Cemetery
1342 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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