Rex Deloy Day returned to his Father in Heaven on March 4, 2023, at the age of 76. He passed away at home, surrounded by family, after a valiantly fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Rex was a quiet man of enormous strength. He spoke little but was an eternal optimist and was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. His comments and observations routinely left his family crying tears of laughter! He was a solid rock on whom his family relied and he supported them unwaveringly.
Rex was born in Magna, UT on October 17, 1946, the youngest of eight children to Verion Starley Day and Alice Fern Bennett Day. He was raised in Tooele where he graduated from Tooele High School with the class of 1964.
Immediately after high school, Rex moved to Washington, D.C. where he spent time working for the FBI. He later returned to Tooele where he met and married the love of his life, Corrinne Hamilton. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. They spent many years raising their three children in Tooele before moving to Delta, UT.
Rex held many jobs over the years. He served in the National Guard, was a police officer in Tooele, UT and spent time working at AMAX Magnesium. He was later hired on at Deseret Chemical Depot where he spent the bulk of his career. He loved his time working at the CAMDS facility where he was a Chemical Weapons Mechanic and Electronics Technician.
Rex could fix anything and enjoyed doing so. He wasn’t a great supervisor when it came to tasks, he always wanted to be right in the middle of the action. He was an excellent welder.
Rex and Corrinne were very involved with rodeos and horses. Rex always supported his wife, children and grandchildren in their various football, basketball, volleyball, rodeo and other sporting events. He was always in the stands cheering them on in his quiet way. He traveled the country hauling horses to horse shows and rodeos. In the beginning, he didn’t love the rodeo life, but he did it because his family did. He was selfless that way.
He was always up for an adventure. It didn’t matter what it was, he was game to go and do. He was an avid bowler in his younger years. He loved to camp, hunt and play games. Later in life, Rex and Corrinne bought some four wheelers and he found his passion. He truly loved to ride ATVs in the mountains and took every opportunity to do so. On the trail with his family or ATV riding group was his happy place. After his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, he was able to cross off his biggest bucket list item by going on an Alaskan cruise.
Rex was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he held the office of High Priest. He served in many different callings and positions throughout his life.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, 7 siblings and one granddaughter, Madison Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Corrinne and their three children: Austin (Misty) Day of Delta, Cherice (Doug) Boese of St George, Denise (Travis) Johnson of Oak City. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Saxon (McKall) Day, Ryland (Preslee) Day, Jake (Macey) Day, Saylor and Atalie Day, Dayden Johnson, Calder Johnson, Kanyon Johnson, Raylee Johnson, Chance (Chelsea) Boese, Skyler Boese, Cassidy (Andrew) Mehringer and Sydney Boese.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Deseret/Oasis Ward building, 3423 W 4500 S, Oasis, UT under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. A viewing will be held from 9:30-10:30AM with the funeral to follow at 11:00AM. Interment will follow immediately at the Deseret Cemetery. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.
Until we meet again, Papa!