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Bette L Stanton

Born: 5/5/1934, Grand Junction, Colorado
Death: 11/16/2020, Moab, Utah
Service: Pending

Bette L. Stanton, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday November 16, 2020. Bette was born on May 5, 1934 to Lewis H. Larsen and Dorothy Robb. She was raised in Kanab Utah where she graduated from high school.

Bette lived a full life and was an avid writer and historian. She sums up her life in the following excerpt from her memoirs. ď Iíve refereed gang/racial fights in Salt Lake City, Utah; busted a drug pad with police in San Diego, California; been shot at in the desserts of southern Arizona; doubled for actress Arlen Dahl in a western movie; dated a handsome film actor; tracked a cougar in the wilds of southern Utah; helped trail 2000 head of cattle in Wyoming; panned for gold in Montana; eaten grub worms with the Aborigines in central Australia; traversed the Panama Canal aboard the Royal Viking, sailed the Greek Isles in the Sea Cloud ( worlds largest sail boat); and glided over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, during animal migration from Tanzania into Kenya.

Iíve ridden an elephant on the Thailand-Burma border, a camel to the pyramids in Egypt, and a horse into the red rose city of Petra, Jordan; rubbed noses with the Maori in New Zealand; witnessed ceremonial dances in a Hope kiva; climbed the great wall China; mini-subbed around the Great Barrier Reef; and roamed among the massive stone heads of Easter Island.

Iíve walked where Christ walked to his crucifixion, visited the cave where the Christ child was born in Bethlehem, and meditated in the serenity of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; flown a small plane through a stone arch; rafted the whitewater of the mighty Coloradoís Cataract Canyon, climbed through the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru, and traveled around the world on the French Concord, flying at times, twice the speed of sound.

Iíve experienced 3 marriages, all quite different and have three wonderful children to show for it.Ē Bette settled in Moab in the late 80ís where she dedicated and devoted herself to Moab/Grand County economic development and the Moab Film Commission. She published WHERE GOD PUT THE WEST, a Moab to Monument Valley film history in 1993. She also founded the Moab Film and Heritage Museum which is located at Red Cliffs Lodge.

She is survived by her children, Brad Fulton, Salt Lake, Cindi (Ellis) Pierce, Price and Tyde(Cindy) Stanton, Moab and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents, sisters Lee Papale and Sharon Parker and brother Thomas Larsen.

The family wishes to extend their thankfulness and gratitude to Corrie Jacklin for her kind and gentle care of their mother for the last four years. To Grand County Hospice for their help, concern and guidance during her last days.

A celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to your local food bank.


Bette I will always have the fondest memories of you. You gave me my first job at the Moab Film Commission. I marveled at your outspoken strength and tenacity. You taught me so much in just three short months and I am forever grateful. Fly high Queen.
- Jena Robinson

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