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Dominick John Bettas

April 20, 1948 — July 28, 2023



Friday, July 28, 2023 Dominick John Bettas, 75, passed away peacefully in Kemmerer, Wyoming, with his beloved wife Kathy Bettas and eldest son, Bill Bettas, by his side. His youngest son, Rick, passed away in 1991. His parents Dominick Bettas and Francis Krusich Bettas were of Italian and Yugoslavian descent.  He is survived by two younger sisters, Barbara Bettas Warner who resides in Salt Lake City and youngest sister, Mary Ann Bettas Steck, who resides in San Francisco.  He is a graduate of Kemmerer High School and the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree, majoring in Botany.  After graduating from UW, he worked briefly with the Wyoming Highway Department in Cheyenne but quickly moved back to Kemmerer where he began a long and distinguished career in the coal mining industry.  He was appointed by Republican and Democrat Governors to multiple government positions.  For over 30 years he cultivated trusted relationships with virtually all members of the Wyoming State Legislature, and several United States Senators. His philanthropic generosity sparked the origin of the Oyster Ridge Music Festival.  He gave generously to St. Patrick’s Church in Kemmerer as well the Catholic school in Cheyenne. He was an honorable, classy, influential, humble, figure who believed success is achieved by being on time and prepared. He was a natural mentor. His hobbies included, hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, golf, fine wine and a good steak, cooked rare. He was fiercely loyal to his wife, children, and close friends. He was a pillar of not only the community of Kemmerer, but the entire, great state of Wyoming. Friday, August 11, 2023 @ 1pm a rosary service will be held for him @ St. Patrick’s Church followed by a traditional Catholic mass.
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Friday, August 11, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

65 McGovern Ave., Diamondville, WY 83116

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