Michael Richard Betz - age: 43
(July 02, 1975 to February 20, 2019
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Services will be held in the summer. Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home is entrusted with his arrangements.
Michael Richard Betz, 43, died suddenly on February 20, 2019 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Michael was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on July 2, 1975.
After spending his early childhood in Western Massachusetts and Keene, New Hampshire, Michael spent most of his childhood living in Africa, where his father worked as a United States foreign aid administrator.
Michael graduated from Landmark High School in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1994. Next, Michael graduated from Nashua Community College in Nashua, New Hampshire with an associate degree in Automotive Technology. After working for several years as an automotive mechanic in the Nashua and Manchester, New Hampshire areas, Michael returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. From 2003 to 2018, Michael taught English in Asia, specifically in China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. While teaching in Southern Thailand, Michael met his wife, Grace. They were married in 2013.
Michael is survived by his wife, Grace, of Songkhla, Thailand, his daughter Beatrix, also of Songkhla, his parents, Richard and Penelope Betz of Stoddard, New Hampshire, older brother and sister-in-law Karl and Caroline Betz of Richmond, Virginia, younger sister and brother-in-law Katrina and Arthur Motch of Brooklyn, New York and six nieces.
Michael was preternaturally curious, which fueled his great affinity for travel and exploration. He dove into many different cultures over the entire course of his life. A gentle soul, Michael loved animals, especially cats, and he cared for a menagerie of pets over his lifetime. He also enjoyed tinkering with cars, motorcycles and computers. His other passions included books, especially science fiction and fantasy (Asimov and Tolkien were special favorites), shellfish, and apple cider. His family takes comfort in knowing that he has surely found what he was looking for.