Allen D. Betz of West Valley City, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2023, at age 91, surrounded by his loving family. His heart was undeniably broken after his wife of 65 years, Marilyn, passed away on January 27, 2023. Allen is now joyfully reunited with Marilyn and happy once again.
Allen was born November 23, 1931, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Leo and Louisa Betz. He grew up on a family owned dairy farm. He honorably served 4 years in the United States Air Force. After his military service, Allen attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He then went on to complete his Masters in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He proudly worked 29 years for the Unisys Corporation.
On September 7, 1957, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Beckman. They were married 65 years. Their marriage was an incredible love story filled with devotion to each other and to their faith. They lived in St Paul, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, Utah, during his working years. They spent a few years in Lubbock, Texas, but returned after their son Steven's death to spend time with their grandchildren.
Allen was very active in all the churches he attended throughout his life. He especially enjoyed teaching Sunday School classes for children and seniors. His hobby was being a handyman and repairing many things for family and friends. If Allen could not fix it, no one could!
Allen is survived by his daughter Jenelle Cordova (Al), Grandson Ryan, Granddaughters Alexis and Alisa Shosted (Monte), and a very special Great Granddaughter Rowan. Allen was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, his only son Steven, his beloved grandson Brandon, his brother Earl, and his sister Rose.
Thank you to Donna Gallup and Alisa Shosted for all their phone calls and meals. It meant a lot to Allen and Marilyn.
A Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, April 1, 2023, at 2 pm, at the McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Salt Lake City.
Both Allen and Marilyn will be buried in Minnesota at the cemetery behind the South Ridge United Methodist church where they were married.
Allen and Marilyn request no flowers but ask that you support your favorite charity.
***During the service we will have an open time for anyone who would like to express their loving thoughts and memories of Allen.***