Published: Thursday, March 30th, 2006
Victor Betancourt, 86, of Clovis died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. Born March 20, 1920, to Felix and Josefia Gonzalez Betancourt in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, he married Tillie Sandoval in 1944. After her death, he married Celina “Sally” Marquez Anaya in 1988. He served in the Mexican Army during the Mexican Revolutionary War. He was a maintenance man for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and a member of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, Alice Converse Senior Citizens and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He is survived by his four sons, Arthur (and wife, Tina) Gonzalez of Roswell, Salvador (Ida) Betancourt of Clovis, and Victor Betancourt Jr. and Antonio (Rosemarie) Betancourt, all of Amarillo; seven daughters, Viola (Silven) Vialpando of Aurora, Colo., Josie (George) Lopez and Darlene Gomez, all of Clovis, Rosa Lopez of Amarillo, Madelyn (Joe) Cruz and Mary (David) Sena, all of Albuquerque, and Carmella Hernandez of Friona, Texas; 43 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, eight brothers, three sisters, and one grandson, Sal Betancourt Jr. A prayer service will be held 7 p.m. today at the Muffley Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Pete Jaramillo will officiate services. Burial will follow at Mission Garden of Memories, Clovis. Pallbearers will be Viola Vialpando, Rose Lopez, Madelyn Cruz, Mary Sena, Josie Lopez, Carmella Hernandez and Darlene Gomez. Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.
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