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Richard Carl Bettencourt age 81 of Hanford, beloved patriarch of the Bettencourt family, passed away on December 7, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Mamie Bettencourt, of Hanford, CA.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jeanne (Vink) Bettencourt; his sister Barbara Bettencourt; daughter Lisa Volpo, husband Rick and their children Zach and Adam Volpo; son Aaron Bettencourt and partner Diana; daughter Lori Bettencourt Dodd and her children Aubree, Brielle, and Landon Dodd. Richard also leaves behind numerous loving cousins, brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Richard was born March 26th, 1942, and was a lifelong resident of Hanford, CA. He was a 1960 graduate of Hanford High School and served in the National Guard Reserves for six years. Richard worked for Kings County for 32 years, retiring as an Equipment Fleet Manager. He was proud to be the third generation Bettencourt to live and work on the family farm. Richard continued to farm long after his retirement from the county.
Richard married Jeanne Vink in 1964. They had three children, Lisa, Aaron and Lori, whom he taught the value and honor of hard work, a love of animals, mechanic and hunting skills, the joy of camping and a legacy of love and dedication to family and family values. Richard was a proud Papa to Zach (28), Adam (25), Aubree (25), Brielle (23) and Landon (21). As kids, they loved spending time with him on the family farm, feeding the horses, riding the tractor, working in the shop, and helping him fix their broken toys. As they grew older, Papa became their sports fan and cheerleader, protector, teacher, mentor and “knower of all things”. They will treasure memories of Papa and Oma taking all five of them on annual summer camping trips to Morro Bay/Pismo Beach for endless summer days.
Richard enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting with his buddies and son, Aaron. He was a gun enthusiast, bow and arrow crafter and knife maker. An occasional trip to Port San Luis Fish Market in Avila Beach, or a camping trip with his brother and sister-in-laws and friends, was his idea of traveling.
A Viewing at 2:00pm and Rosary at 4:00pm will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Whitehurst-McNamara Funeral Chapel in Hanford. A Mass will be held at 12:00pm on Monday, December 18, 2023, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hanford followed by graveside services at Calvary Cemetery in Hanford.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.