Bruce Carter Betzner

bruce betzner

September 15, 1945 ~ March 25, 2022

Born in: Hillsboro, TX
Resided in: Dalworthington Gardens, TX

Bruce Betzner passed away on the Lord’s Day, March 25, 2022, at the age of 76 after a five-year long battle with mesothelioma.

Bruce was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a blessing to many people. If anyone needed help, Bruce was there to take the load. Bruce was born on September 15, 1945 to Clotis Carter Betzner and Helen Whitfield Betzner in Hillsboro, Texas. His father was in the Air Force. He lived all over the US, England and at the military base in Goose Bay, Labrador. It was there he graduated from high school. He returned to Texas and soon married the love of his life, Barbara Folmar Betzner on September 4, 1966. During this period, he was awarded top honors at Marine boot camp, subsequently entering the Marine reserves. As a young man, Bruce worked at Ling-Temco-Vought during the day and at multiple jobs in the evening to support his family while earning a Bachelor’s Degree from what is now the University of Texas at Arlington. He spent the better part of 50 years working for Vought Aircraft. Respected for his knowledge, abilities, and for being a natural leader, Bruce rose in the management ranks while maintaining direction of the “hands on” production. He represented these companies in various portions of the US and abroad in China and Turkey. Bruce will be remembered for his inspiration and humor. He always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed numerous trips with his family and friends, and he loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He enjoyed singing the many songs he knew with his brother-in-law, Clifford Fry. He loved all animals, especially his birds in the yard. Bruce was preceded in death by his Mother, Helen Whitfield Betzner.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, his daughter Lisa Harper and her husband Rick, and his daughter Leslie Powell. He is survived by his grandchildren Eric and Sam Harper, Trenten Moore, Macie Powell and Kelly Harper. He is also survived by his father, Clotis Carter Betzner, and wife, Carol, sister Mindy, her husband Davy, sister Janet Betzner, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Special thanks to his angel caregiver for the last 3 months, Michele McJilton.

A visitation will be held Wednesday March 30, 2022 from 6-8 at Wade Funeral Home.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at Trinity United Methodist 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington Texas 76013 on March 31 at noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Salvation Army Arlington Chapter, Humane Society of North Texas, Arlington Life Shelter or a charity of your choice.


Memorial Visitation: March 30, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Memorial Service: March 31, 2022 12:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church
1200 West Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 274-1345

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  1. God bless and comfort Bruce’s loved ones, he was a great friend and coworker who always had a smile and a friendly word. Bruce you will be missed my friend.

  2. What A Wonderful Man He Was. He Will Be Missed; However, We Can Draw Comfort Knowing We Will See Him Again

  3. Fly high, Sweet Daddy! I will miss your laugh, your jokes and having you pick on me. The hole you leave can never be filled, but your legacy will live on in all of us. I’ll see you again! Love you forever!

  4. I worked under and with Bruce at vault for many years. I always appreciated his no nonsense yet often humorous approach to business. I only later discovered he is a family relative to a close friend of ours Michelle Cox. He will always hold an important place in my memories of working for vought aircraft cooperation

  5. CandleImageBruce made a impact on a lot of peoples lives. I being one of them will never forget the good times and leadership he provide to the young people he had working for him.

  6. Bruce.. the laughs were endless and your dedication to your family was a true tribute to who you were. I know that all your animal loves will be anxiously greeting you – Goose, Tam .. You were just as dedicated to them. We will me miss you so much.

  7. Mr. Bruce was such a wonderful person, full of kindness, always had a good joke to share, he was a great example of determination and tenacity, he will be hugely missed.

  8. Bruce was usually not the first to speak, but when he did, everyone listened.

    The best bird-whistle too!

    He was always helpful to me. And he always made me laugh! I still tell his jokes!

    He is gone too soon. He will be missed.

  9. It is difficult to imagine our lives without Bruce. Bruce was special, one of a kind. Bruce has always been there for me and my family, always stepping up to help in whatever way we needed him to. His sense of humor was contagious, so laughing was easy. Bruce will not be forgotten.

  10. CandleImageBruce’s sense of humor was a gift that he blessed everyone with who came into contact with him. He was a joy to be around, and I will always remember his bright smile and laughter.
    Love you dear cousin ❤ and will be seeing you again!

  11. Bruce was a special guy.
    Always smiling and never got upset about anything.
    Friday was donut day at work.
    What a generous and happy guy!
    The world needs more Bruce’s!!

  12. For many years, I had the pleasure to work with and for Bruce at Vought Aircraft. He was a remarkable man, good with technology, even better with people and always with a dose of humor.
    Last saw him at the Marshall Street closing ceremony.
    I’m grateful for your wise and candid mentoring, as well as your friendship. Semper Fi Bruce.

  13. Earl W. Plummer
    Bruce I enjoyed working under your direction.
    God bless you & your family.

  14. Spot on with this write-up, I actually think this site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the info!

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