Kenneth Aaron “Butch” Betterton

April 29, 1955 - October 15, 2018

Kenneth Aaron “Butch” Betterton, born April 29,1955 in Denver, Colorado to Kenneth Floyd Betterton and Jacqueline Yockey Betterton, died October 15, 2018 in New Prague, Minnesota.  He was a man of many talents, as well as the life of the party, with a joke and a wild story in tow.  He graduated from Grand Junction High School and headed for the Marines.  Ken served on the Utah Highway Patrol for 18 years, retired as Training Director and received many awards for the work he had done.  He was Commander of the Utah Police Corps.  Ken was a motivational/leadership speaker, and a personal trainer helping and inspiring many on their journey to healthy living.  He was a Member of the Scottish Rite and a 32 Degree Master Mason.  He was a man of vision, from his teaching ability, to turning a crumbling old barn into beautiful furniture and home furnishings, all the way to the stunning homes he built. He lived and breathed Kansas City Chiefs football, riding his Harley, and being a loyal friend and devoted father.  He leaves behind so many that will miss him and his irreverent humor, bright smile and contagious laugh; friends across the globe, his family in the Marines, Law Enforcement and Masonic Brothers.  Surviving family include two older sisters, Shamra and Tonya, daughter, Jacqueline and son-in-law, Gerry Swanson; grandchildren, Hendrix Swanson and Crystal’s darling children, Lola and Cedar; his beloved most loyal companion, Gunny. His oldest daughter Crystal Betterton met him with open arms on the other side.


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 25that 6:00 PM at the Savage Masonic Center (4821 W. 124thSt.) with visitation from 4-6 PM.  Light refreshments will follow the service.  There will also be a service in Utah at a later date.

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Kerry Tomasi

Spent a lot of quality time with Butch in high school (wrestling) and subsequent ‘adventures’. Was hoping to one day catch up, but… not to be. He possessed a strong personality/drive, that could have easily gone either way. He obviously took the right path. Proud to have known and spent time with him. My condolences.

Thomas (Tomas) Smith

Dam, I just find this out now. Ken was my friend and workout buddy in the FBINA class of 186. We reconnected when he moved to Minnesota as well but had lost touch.

Rest In Peace my friend.

Tom (Tomas) Smith
Chief of Police (ret)
Saint Paul Police

Renee C.

Kenny was a special person to me, one of those friends that you could talk to anything about. I loved the positive and uplifting way about him. A very special and talented person. I’m very sad to hear of Kenny’s passing and will always remember him fondly. Peace Kenny, until we meet again…


Ken was a good friend and helped me understand addictive behaviors in terms I could relate to. He was always kind and supportive. I will truly miss his wisdom, decency, humor and his positive spirit. Rest in peace my friend!


Kenny was a bright spot in my life. He will truly be missed.

Darrell Pacheco

Kenny and I met in the fifth grade in Grand Junction. Was a lifelong friend and a darn good one. We rode motorcycles, got in bar fights, roomed together, worked construction, went to the races, and just had fun together for fifty years. I was looking for property for him in North Carolina, hoping to spend our last years hanging out together. His passing leaves a huge hole in my life. Goodbye Kenny, you were one hell of a friend.

Kim Orr

So sorry to hear, my childhood buddy has gone home. I met Butch because my Dad and his were friends. He was
One of the toughest competitors I ever met. Having not seen him in over 40 years, I’m not surprised by
the positive impact he made on people in adult life, because he was like that as a kid as well. Thanks for the memories, old friend, and Semper Fi.


So saddened to hear of Ken’s passing! He was a friend to me when I needed one.