Bernard Luther Bettilyon, builder and civic leader, passed away at home on April 28, 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 87.
He was born August 3, 1910 to Verden Allan Bettilyon and Sarah Janet Winward in Salt Lake City, Utah. Married Hope Sanford on December 28, 1938 in Salt Lake City. They are the parents of two children: Betty Jane (Dan) Campbell and Barney (Karen) Bettilyon, both of Salt Lake City.He attended the University of Utah and worked in the family real estate business. A veteran of World War II. Following the war he returned home to the company real estate and construction business, becoming a leading contractor of homes, industrial complexes and highway structures. He was President and Chairman of the board of Bettilyon Construction Company and Bettilyon Mortgage Loan Company for many years. He was also President of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Salt Lake.
An avid golfer, he was the first President of Willow Creek Country Club. He was President of the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. He fulfilled local and national leadership positions in the Associated General Contractors, American Arbitration Assn., Salt Lake Real Estate Board and Utah State Contractor's Examining Committee. President of Salt Lake Rotary Club in 1968-69 and Rotary District Governor in 1973-74. He received awards and recognition for his active civic work, and the 1997 Emeritus Alumni Award from the University of Utah. He and his late wife, Hope, endowed a Chair at the University of Utah Medical Center for diabetes research. They also provided the seed money for the Hope Chapel at the University Medical Center and most recently a new organ for that chapel.
He is survived by his son and daughter; brother, Verd; eight grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, parents, and a brother and sister.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 2, 1998 at 12 noon, in the Mt. Olympus 9th Ward, 4625 South Lanark Road, in Salt Lake City, UT. A visitation will be held Friday evening, May 1, 1998 from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City and again one hour prior at the ward. Interment to follow in Larkin Sunset Lawn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity.
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