Bradford David Betten

March 9, 1968-August 19, 2012

Obituary: Bradford Betten, a former Vice Mayor and Commissioner of the Town of Melbourne Beach, died Sunday night August 19, 2012, at Holmes Regional, after a long illness. He was 44. A longtime resident and business owner in Melbourne Beach, Bradford was born March 9, 1968.

He is best known as the affable owner of The Black Dog Bait & Tackle.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 25, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3780 A1A, Melbourne Beach, followed by a reception at 3 p.m., at Sand on the Beach restaurant, 1005 Atlantic St., Melbourne Beach. The reception will be followed by a “paddle out” at 4 p.m. on the beach.

He is survived by his brothers, Terry, Scott, Randy, Rick and Mark; and his sisters, Chrissie Abrahams, Laura Pitten and Cheryl Rigler; along with 29 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, France and Coe Betten.