Dennis Michael Escott III (Derek Michael Bettinger)

February 21, 1990 - January 27, 2023
Dennis Michael Escott III (Derek Michael Bettinger)

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Derek Michael Escott III (Derek Michael Bettinger) from Pasco County, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2023. As we mourn the end of his short time with us, we must remember the legacy of Dennis Escott (Derek Bettinger).  We may ask why? Why me? Why us? Why now? God does not question the strong, so when you up in the sky, stand tall, look proud, and remember…the wheels may have stopped spinning but they will never fall off.

He is survived by his loving mother; Denise Bettinger, his sisters; Bryanna Bettinger and Tierra Williams, his two sons; Rylan (12 years old) and Noah (9 years old), his uncles; David and Douglas Bettinger, his grandparents; David and Debra Bettinger, all of NH. He is also survived by his cousins; Adam and Jessica Collins of CA., his best friend of 10 years; Amy LaLonde, along with many other extended family and friends. Most importantly, he is survived by his service dog, Bullet, his best friend, his everything, who was by his side until his very last moments.

He is preceded in death by his father; Dennis Michael Escott Jr.

Derek/Dennis, you will be missed daily and will be remembered with love each and everyday.


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  • May 01, 2023
    Tracy Garland says:
    We fell in love with eachothers souls the very first day we connected and hadn't even met yet, After meeting fell in love, and as the years passed couldn't, wouldn't and didn't ever let go of eachother, but the last year I'll never forget a second of and this was not how our story or your life was supposed to end, but then again God had other plans and alwaysss takes the best too soon, I respect God's plan and him taking you and bringing you to be with him, dad who you missed so dearly and all your loved ones and most of allllll bringing you to eternal forever peace yet even though we're not supposed to question God or his plan or ask why I always will. .... I will also always carry you throughout the rest of my life with me every second every minute and every day as long as I live and I love and miss you with all my heart and with all my soul (what part of both that didn't die with you) We always used to say we were forever soulmates and forever ride or die, facts upon stacks and on 95 WE WERE and YOU are still one of the most precious special wonderful people I've ever had the pleasure to touch souls with and share a life with and I will never forget a second, or a minute of knowing and loving you and us LOVING EACH OTHER for life and thereafter to the SKY and the MOON ALWAYSSS and FOREVER and EDEMNMW Alwaysssssssss (as you would say) Your baby girl and Your Soulmate and Your Angel, Your Araya Hope/Tracy Garland and Now you're my FOREVER ANGEL Until WE Meet Again and run into eachothers ARMS and DANCE under the STARS with everyone watching just as we did that very last night to "I'll be dancing on my own" I carry you everywhere I go, around my neck in my car, in my purse and under my pillow and I talk to you everyday and I feel you all around me. ... I only wish I could see you, until then I'll be forever MISSING and LOVING YOU and everything about you you touched me and you touched everyone you met in such a special way and heaven is so lucky to have you, I miss you and I love you baby always and forever EDEMNMW 💔🙏😘😘😘 WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE FOR ONE MORE DAY. .... .... AND WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE TO CHANGE ALL OF THIS AND BRING YOU BACK HERE WITH US. .... .... 💔💔💔🙏🙏🙏😘😘😘 LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND ALL MY SOUL 💯💯💯📚📚📚✍️✍️✍️

  • April 01, 2023
    Michael And Rose says:
    Cuzzo I love you dearly you were my ride or die It sucks that I never got to see you again after that night in July. You were my big cuz I remember all our great moments I will remain faithful to watch over you mom like I've done since I've been back home. Love you flippah head. With love prayers your brother and sister in arms Michael and Rose... Now the only Question is whose cah we gonna take?

  • March 12, 2023
    Franky Gagliardi says:
    To my dearest nephew, i hope yu are with all the famous people that yu truly wanted to be like and could have yu had the talent to be achieve any goal yu wanted'yu will be truly missed, peace be with yu, we will be together once yu uncle Franky.

  • March 12, 2023
    Franky Gagliardi says:
    Dennis Derek Escott we really miss yu and still find it hard to believe yr not with us, yu were loved by us all and thought of like a son to me, so much talent and good hearted to all, words can.t describe how much yu meant to us all here in Florida and back home in Boston, life is too short and theres never enough time to spend with each other'Bullett loved yu and im sure truly misses yr presence, you will allways be in our thoughts and truly missed, rest in peace and god be with yu'uncle Franky .

  • February 18, 2023
    Amy LaLonde says:
    I will meet you again, our souls will recognize each other and I'll hold your hand, we will walk through paradise together my sweet bestfriend... I love you. ❤️