Information for James Wesley Betts
8 August, 1920 - 19 May, 1996
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
22 May, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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James Wesley "Jim" Betts
"Jim" Betts, 75, of Caldwell, formerly of Boise, died Sunday,
May 19, 1996, at his home.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, May 24, at the
Eagle United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Grimstead,
pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow
in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwel, with graveside
rites by the Ashlar Masonic Lodge #298, A.F. & A.M.
Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel,
Jim was born August 8, 1920, in Dorrance, Kan., to George and
Carrie Resley Betts. He moved to Nampa with his family
in 1929. He attended Lone Tree grade school and
graduated from Nampa High School in 1940. He attended
Idaho State in Pocatello for two years, then served in the
European Theater for the U.S. Army during World War II.
After being honorably discharged, he returned to Idaho and
graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow with a
bachelor's degree in Forestry. He was employed by the
U.S. Forest Service for 39 years, retiring in 1975 as a
He married Louise Shaw Marquis in June 1967 at Bend, Ore.
She died in 1987. He married Marie Murray Myers in 1988
at Carson, Wash.
Jim was an avid photographer of slides. He was a
lifetime member of the Bend, Ore., Masonic Lodge; Al-Kader
Shriners, Scottish Rite of Portland, Ore., the Odd Fellows,
Rebekahs; Maple Grove Grange #244; a life time member of the
Boise Camera Club, and a member of the United Methodist Church
He is survived by his wife, Marie Betts, of Caldwell; three
sisters, Bonita Layher of Caldwell; Myrtle Bean and her
husband, Lee, of Boise; and Yvonne Tullis and her husband, Id,
of Kennewick, Wash; a brother, George E. Betts and his wife,
Mavis, of Boise; two stepdaughters; four stepsons, six nieces
and three nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Columbia West Valley Medical
Center Hospice Program, 1717 Arlington Ave., Caldwell, ID
Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel on Wednesday and
Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to
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