Verden Elliot Bettilyon1918 ~ 2012Verden Elliot Bettilyon, 93, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2012 in his Salt Lake City home. Verd was born December 18, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Verden Allen Bettilyon and Sarah Janet Winward.Verd lived a full life, filled with service to his family, church, country and community. At age 16 he graduated from South High School. He attended the University of Utah until his mission call to Argentina at age 19. Verd learned both German and Spanish, working primarily with German immigrants in Argentina. After his mission, he was drafted into the US Army, rising to the rank of Captain. During WWII he worked for US Military Intelligence translating German military documents.On October 30, 1942, Verd married his sweetheart, Nadine Brinton in the Salt Lake Temple. In 1949, Verd completed law school and practiced law for many years, focusing primarily on real estate matters.Verd served in various callings in the LDS Church, including Bishop, member of the High Council and Counselor in three different Stake Presidencies.Verd and Nadine loved to camp, fish, and boat. Their children have fond memories of trips to Flaming Gorge, Lake Powell and many National Parks.From 1969 to 1972, Verd served as Mission President in the Argentina South Mission, where he met many fine missionaries and made many friends. Upon his return, he became in-house counsel for the Dahnken chain of jewelry stores. He later returned to private practice.After retiring in 1989, Verd and Nadine served two additional LDS missions, to Spain and Guatemala. They also traveled and spent time with their children and grandchildren.After the death of his beloved wife Nadine, Verd married a lifelong family friend, Ruth May Crane. Ruth and Verd have enjoyed each other's companionship for eleven years. The family would like to express appreciation to Ruth for her kindness and tender care for Verd as his health has declined. The family would also like to thank Lei Fotu and her loving team of caregivers at Welcome Home Care as well as the Harmony Hospice team that have cared for Verd and supported the family for over a year, making it possible for Verd to remain at home, as was his wish. His wife Ruth Crane Bettilyon and children survive Verd: V. Lee (Tamyra), Robert (Mary Ann), Julia (Clyde) Witham, Janet (Joseph) Crane, Mark (Cristie) and Michael (Cristie M.); 35 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren.Verd out lived all in his immediate family and looked forward to reunions with his beloved Nadine; two deceased sons, Brint Allen and Reid Lyman; his mother and father, Sarah Janet and Verden Allen; brothers Bernard Luther and Allen Kyle and Sister Aline Ruth.A viewing will be at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84111 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday evening February 10, 2012. The following day, Saturday February 11, 2012, a viewing will be held from noon to 12:45 PM, with a funeral service following at 1:00 PM at Larkin Mortuary. The interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 immediately following the funeral service.
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