June 1925 ~ Oct 2011
86 years, 3 months, 29 days
Arthur Anthony Bettencourt, 86 of Turlock passed away at home on Thursday, with his family by his side. Arthur was born to John D. Bettencourt and Anna Vierra in Delhi, Ca on June 22, 1925. Arthur is survived by his wife Mary Bettencourt of Turlock, children John (Tommie) Bettencourt of Orland, Gary (Patsy) Bettencourt of Turlock, Susan Bettencourt of Fresno, and Sandra (Ron) Hendricks of Turlock; seven grandchildren, Stacie Bettencourt, Chase Bettencourt, Misty Bettencourt, Melissa (Chris) Evola, Gary Bettencourt Jr., Renee Coats, Chris Bettencourt and two great grandchildren Cody Bettencourt and Vincent Evola. He is also survived by his sisters Mildred Galloway of Atwater and Ann Silva of Modesto. Arthur is preceded in death by his wife JoAnn Bettencourt, his parents John and Anna Bettencourt and siblings Lena Bettencourt and Al Bettencourt.
Arthur worked on his father’s ranch in Delhi, California, from 1934 to 1944 and attended Livingston High School. In 1944, a senior in high school, Arthur was drafted into the army and assigned to the 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division stationed in the European Theatre of Operations. The Regiment was deployed to Morocco, Italy and then participated in the Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central European Campaigns. Arthur supervised and directed the coordination and tactical employment of 6, 81 mm. Mortar crews in combat. A highlight of the war was Arthur meeting elementary school friends in the Japanese 442 Division. Arthur was discharged as a rank of T-SGT on March 14, 1946.
After the war, Arthur resided in Turlock, Ca where he operated a dairy. Arthur was a member of Knights of Columbus Fr. Heslin Council #2557 and Fr. Giles Assembly 58, Fourth Degree. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Turlock Post #5059 and American Legion Rex Ish Post 88. Arthur was the last living charter member of the Lions Club of Delhi-Balico. The Lions 48th member club was chartered on December 18, 1948. Arthur had a passion for hunting and fishing and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He touched many lives and will be truly missed.
Family prefers memorial contributions to charity of choice.
Services are entrusted to Allen Mortuary. Viewing will be at Allen Mortuary on Tuesday Oct 25, beginning at 04:00 pm, a Rosary will begin at 07:00 pm. A Catholic Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Wednesday, Oct 26 at 10am, burial will follow at Turlock Memorial Park.