American Veteran 09

Earl Flynn Betts Sr.

July 22, 1943 ~ October 31, 2020 (age 77)


A Life Well Lived

Earl F. Betts Sr.,  was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on July 22, 1943 to Cellie Bell Stephenson Betts and Robert Lee Betts.  Earl was the third child of nine, and the eldest son.

Earl was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 1957 he moved with his family to Pasadena, CA. He attended Washington Junior High and John Muir High School.   After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and served in the Far East on an Aircraft carrier.  Earl also went to Vietnam where his unit helped set up Da Nang Air Force Base.  After returning home, in October of 1965, he proposed to Bunny Jenkins who he married on January 1, 1966.  He was Honorably Discharged from the Marines on October 28, 1966.  Earl and Bunny Betts had four sons;  Earl Jr. 1968, Todd 1970, Marcus 1972, and Andre’ 1974. 

Earl went to CAL State LA full time, earning a degree in African American Studies.  He graduated in June of 1974, one month before his forth son was born.  During the same period he worked full time at Lockheed  Aerospace Co., where he became manager.  In 1975 he left Lockheed, and in June of  1976 he began working at The Burbank Studios, as a propmaker.  Later he became a propmaker foreman with all the major studios in Hollywood.  He gained respect for his knowledge, camaraderie and mentorship.  He worked on many major motion pictures and televisions shows.  He worked on many locations; taking his wife Bunny, on several of them, even being joined by Bunny and all four of his sons in Mackinac Island, Michigan, while working on the movie “Somewhere in Time”.

Earl loved all types of camping with his family and friends ranging from tent, camping out of a Volkswagen beetle and bathing his youngest son in the hubcap of the vehicle, to purchasing class “C” motorhomes, and renting houseboats and going with family and friends. 

He also loved playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, Laughlin and the local California Casinos. Bunny would bug him about betting too much, in return he would tip his hat and give her a wad of money he had just won. 

Earl loved his parents, siblings, wife, sons and his extended family on both sides.  He was a always willing to help everyone in anyway he could. 

Those left behind to honor and cherish the memory of his love and devotion are: his loving wife Bunny, of almost 55 years; his brother Carl Betts; his sisters Flara Johnson (Fred) and Jannett Evans (Joseph); four grateful sons, Earl Betts Jr. (Nicole), Todd Betts, Marcus Betts (Tawana), and Andre Betts; Daughter-in-law Sharon Betts; six grandchildren Chelysa (Shawn), Xavier, Isaiah, Addisyn, Hayden, and Rebekayh; extended Betts and Jenkins family members, a host of nieces, nephews, and circles of family friends.

He is preceded in death by his father (Robert Betts), mother (Cellie), Sisters (Mary and Ruth), and brothers (Michael and Lance).

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November 12, 2020

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Arnold Family Funeral Services - Hillside Chapel
2561 N. Fair Oaks Ave
Altadena, CA 91001

Funeral Service
November 13, 2020

11:00 AM
Arnold Family Funeral Services, Inc. - Hillside Chapel
2561 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001

Graveside Service
November 25, 2020

10:15 AM
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92518

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