William Lee Betts II
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August 7, 1935
March 11, 2014
William Lee Betts II, born in Auburn, CA on August 7, 1935, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Close friends and relatives referred to him as "Socky." A nickname that developed while he was an infant because he always kicked his socks off. Socky served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958, which included special assignments in Africa and Alaska. While in Alaska, he accomplished all necessary tasks to be considered a true "Sourdough." William established himself as an entrepreneur early in life. In the 1960s, he opened multiple service stations and one restaurant in Northern California. He later moved his enterprise to Silver Springs, NV where he opened the town's only grocery store and gas station; which he named the Village Market. Additionally, he developed land throughout Lyon County; as a result, contributed to population growth of the area. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing in Northern California, Lake Mead, and the Florida Keys. He often disappeared unknowingly to anyone; however, the people closest to him knew he was simply fishing.
He is survived by his eleven children: Renee, Suzanne, William, Michele, Rebecca, Danny, Brandy, Roxanne, Derrick, Bethany, and Zachary. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Most people read these type of things to see if anyone they know are no longer here, but those close to him know Socks has only gone fishing to join his brother, Arthur and father, Ross.
For those who wish to join William Lee Betts II's celebration of life, his burial service will be held at the Fernley Veterans Memorial Cemetery on March 21, 2014 at 1:00pm.
Final Wishes Funeral Home
437 Stoker Ave Reno, NV 89503
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 20, 2014