Grand Marshal: Ken Bettridge
Kenneth Elmer Bettridge was born on April 22, 1943 in Cedar City, Utah to Elmer and Lillie Bettridge of Parowan, Utah. While in school in Parowan, he worked for Scott Orton at the Utoco Service Station. During High School he played football for one year and basketball for four years. He graduated from Parowan High School in the class of 1961.
On September 1, 1961, he came to Cedar City to work as a delivery employee for Don Draper at the Bulk Plant.
On June 23, 1962 He married his high school sweetheart, Georgia Rowley. They became the parents of four wonderful children, Stacey, Becky, Rand, and Angie. They also have 15 fantastic grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
On March 1, 1968 Don Draper retired and Ken took over as an agent for Amoco. Over the following years he began to expand his business and in 1976 he became an independent marketer. His business expanded to nine retail outlets and numerous trucks, both long-hauling fuel semi’s and delivery trucks. His business office has remained at 386 N 100 West in Cedar City throughout this tremendous expansion.
Eleven years ago, he and Georgia sold the business to their sons, Stacey and Rand and Ken retired. He and Georgia then served a one-year mission to the Oregon Portland Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ken has served many people in these southern Utah communities. He has received recognition for his service and willingness to help anyone he meets.
He was awarded the Businessman of the Year Award by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce.
The Small Business Administration honored him with the Second Place SBA award.
Southern Utah University Honored Ken with the Distinguished Service Award.
Ken has acquired a favorite hobby in retirement. He has restored three Farmall Tractors. They are beauties! He will round up friends and they will drive the Farmalls from Cedar City, through the gap to Parowan and pull right up to park at the Dairy Freeze for lunch or ice cream.
Ken wants to thank everyone for the opportunity he has had to serve the many friends and citizens of Southern Utah.