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David W Betzer

January 31, 1946 — January 16, 2024

David W. Betzer, a true master of many talents, bid farewell to this world on January 16, 2024, at Newport Hospital. David was born on January 31, 1946, and left an indelible mark on the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

David's passion for serving others led him to dedicate four decades of his life to the Easton Fire Department. He fearlessly fought fires, saved lives, and served as a role model to his fellow firefighters. His strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication earned him the respect and admiration of all who had the privilege of working alongside him.

A proud veteran of the Air Force, Dave served his country with unwavering dedication. His expertise as a master airplane mechanic contributed significantly to the maintenance and safety of countless aircraft. His meticulous attention to detail and passion for his craft set him apart, earning him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.

Beyond his military service, David was also a master wood carver, a talent he pursued with great enthusiasm. He used his skilled hands to create remarkable works of art, including nine guitars, a stunning rocking chair and custom bongo drums and ukelele for his grandchildren. His creations were not only visually captivating but also carried his unique touch, reflecting both his craftsmanship and love for music.

Nature held a special place in David's heart, and he possessed an uncanny ability to name every tree as he strolled through the forest. His profound connection with the natural world was a testament to his keen observation skills and deep appreciation for its beauty and serenity.

Additionally, Dave played a pivotal role in the restoration of the vintage fire engine, "Old Smokey," in Easton. His dedication to preserving the town's history and heritage was evident as he poured countless hours into bringing this iconic vehicle back to its former glory. It stands today as a lasting testament to his unwavering passion for community service.

Above all, David valued the bond he shared with his beloved wife and best friend, Ellen Betzer. Their love and friendship were the cornerstone of their lives, and their unbreakable bond brought joy and stability to their journey together. David will also be missed by his children, Kurt David Edward Betzer, Kimberly Ann Wilburn and her husband Dennis, his siblings, Ginnie Wilson and Ana Elsworth, his grandchildren, Mark LaFrance Wilburn and his wife Anastasia and Kelly Ann Wilburn and her partner, Brendan.

David was predeceased by his parents, Glen Francis Betzer, Sr. and Helen Virginia (Lanoue) Betzer as well as his brother, Glen Francis Betzer, Jr.

A farewell gathering to celebrate the life of David W. Betzer and honor his legacy will be held at a later date. Family, friends, and acquaintances will be invited to share stories, laughter, and fond memories during this time of remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Day One RI, 100 Midway St., Providence, RI or https://dayoneri.org/ in memory of David W. Betzer.
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