|Birth: ||May 29, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 2008|
Cdr. (Retitred) Martin Burke Betts, who was born May 29, 1926, in Augusta, Georgia, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his immediate family on July 29, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Cdr. Betts was a highly respected, admired, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, known for his dignity, grace, sense of humor, honor and courage.
He was also a good friend to so many people who crossed his path over the years.
After completing high school in Washington, D.C., in 1944, Martin entered the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He was forever grateful for the education he received there, and the opportunities this establishment provided him.
Upon his Academy graduation, he married and accepted a commission to the United States Navy. His long and successful career as a Naval Officer took him around the world, and included the Duty Stations of CO, USS Georgetown, Chief Engineer, USS Oriskany, Officer in Charge, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, XO, USS Tulare, and Chief Engineer, USS Perkins.
He also received several significant awards and medals. Additionally, many of Martins closest long-time friendships were those he established in the Navy.
Cdr. Betts retired from the Navy in 1970, and took a position with Presearch Incorporated in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he enjoyed a second productive career that ended in the position of Vice President.
After retiring from Presearch in 1991, Martin enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, and boating on his pampered boat, the Slo Coasta.
Martin is survived by his devoted wife of over 60 years, Rosie Coccia Betts; his children and their spouses, Millicent Betts and Jose Rodriguez, Martin and Carolyn Betts Jr., DVM, and Michele and Vic Moravitz; as well as his grandchildren, PO Martin Betts III, Christine Betts, Marco Filippini, Matthew Betts, Madeline Moravitz, Jay Moravitz and Nicole Moravitz; as well as his great- grandchildren, Alexander Filippini and Holly Betts.
A memorial Mass will be held in his honor 1 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2008, at St. William of York Catholic Church in Stafford, Virginia. A reception for friends and family will follow. Interment is being planned at Arlington National Cemetery, date of which is unknown at this time.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. William of York Building Fund.
Rosie Coccia Betts (1926 - 2015)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: DET
Record added: Jul 31, 2008
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