Ron was born the son of the late Chester and Dorothy Frazee of Billings, Montana, on November 19, 1946. He is survived by his long-time companion, Judy Wagner, and many close friends. He was a graduate of Montana State University - Billings and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Ron also received an LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He was a member of the State Bar of Montana, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association. While in college, Ron was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Prior to attending law school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator in the Vietnam War, completing numerous missions aboard the USS Enterprise. He continued to serve his country in the Naval Reserve, ultimately retiring in 2000 with the rank of Captain.
Ron was awarded the Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Earlier this year, Ron attended a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of earning his wings.
He was very active in the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) for many years, serving as the ROA President of the Dallas Chapter and the Department of Texas. For almost 2 decades, he was the legal advisor (JAG) for the Department and wrote many Constitution and Bylaws Amendments for the ROA National Organization headquartered in Washington DC.
Ron started his legal career in 1978 with the Crowley Law Firm in Billings, Montana. In 1982 he moved to Dallas and joined Hunt Oil Company. He later worked for Arco International Oil and Gas Company and Mayfair Petroleum, Inc., before starting a private practice in 1998.
Ron was known for his dedication and professionalism and widely regarded as an expert in the areas of corporate taxation and international oil and gas law. His legal career took him all around the world.
He enjoyed helping individual clients with their personal legal matters as well as working as part of a team in substantial, complex corporate negotiations, including his work with the deepwater exploration company JHI Associates, Inc., where he was in-house counsel since 2015.
His constant vigilance, guidance, and mentoring during his later years leave a legacy much appreciated and relied upon by his colleagues and friends. He loved animals and enjoyed working with rescue dogs. His sense of humor was legendary—you could see his jokes coming a mile away, but the journey was always worth it.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Montana State University – Billings, the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Florida, or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Morgan Hayes Betts, 89, of Avon, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017. Born in Norwalk, son of the late A. Raymond and Gladys (Sanger) Betts, he was raised in Simsbury and moved to Avon 50 years ago. Morgan enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country as a VAW pilot in 1953-1955 Lake Champlain 1954-5 Midway 1955 He retired from the US Navy reserves as a Lieutenant Commander after twenty years of service. Morgan was employed in aerospace sales and enjoyed watching birds and deer in his yard. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice (Buck) Betts, and his daughter Suzanne H. Betts of Norwalk. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ray and Elliott. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 10, 2017, at 11 am., at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. Burial will follow in Simsbury Cemetery.