Rex Dean Baxter

11/27/1946 ~ 6/21/2020

Rex Dean Baxter, 73, was born in Gunnison, Utah, November 27, 1946, to Dean Lowell and Olive Joyce Stapleton Baxter. He passed away June 21, 2020, in Payson, Utah. He married his high school sweetheart Gaylene Curtis on May 5, 1967, in Lehi, Utah.

Rex graduated from Lehi High School in 1964. After graduation, he entered the Utah Army National Guard and attended basic training at Fort Ord, California. The last week of his training he suffered an appendicitis, but refused to quit until training completion. His friend Norm Brooks helped him out of the field. He spent six weeks in the hospital recovering from a burst appendix.   Rex went on to make a 40 year career in the Utah Army National Guard, retiring in 2005 as a Sergeant First Class and as the Field Maintenance Shop Foreman in Manti, Utah.  Rex held military specialties in maintenance, as a combat engineer, and as a cannon crewmember in the Field Artillery (King of Battle). In 2002, he deployed with the 145th Field Artillery to Tooele Army Depot as part of the security force after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Rex and Gaylene raised three children; Brent (Jennifer) Baxter of Payson, Ann (David) Baxter of Mt Pleasant, and Kim (Lina) Baxter of Fruit Heights. They have 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Cameron and Patrick Baxter, in-laws ReNae Curtis, Janae Bristol, Reed and Pat Curtis, and Scott and Andrea Farnsworth.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law [Vern and Leah Curtis], sister [Donna Carol Baxter], and great-grandson [Kaison Lee Mitchell].

A graveside service with military honors will take place on June 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt Pleasant City Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ask all those attending wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The family would like to thank all those at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans Home, especially those in pod 100, who took care of Rex. Online condolences at

16 Responses to “Rex Dean Baxter”

  1. Brenda Bristol Watts says:

    Aunt Gay, Brent,Ann, and Kim. My heart breaks for you. Know that I am with you in spirit. Uncle Rex was always a special man. His legacy will live forever in my heart.

  2. Michael & MaryLou Turley says:

    Rex was a great man! It was an honor to serve in the National Guard with him.

    BG Michael J Turley
    Utah National Guard
    The Adjutant General

  3. Travis & Hollie Baxter says:

    We are sad to learn of Rex’s passing. Condolences to everyone in the family. Sending prayers to all of for peace at this time as well.
    Travis and Hollie Baxter & family

  4. Burna and Larry Hartman says:

    Our love, thoughts, and prayers go out to the entire Baxter Family. Uncle Rex was an amazing man. We truly admired and loved him and will miss him dearly.

  5. Scott Dunyon says:

    We are saddened to hear if your loss. We have great memories camping and watching fireworks with Rex.

  6. Marcus Dunyon says:

    I have many fond memories of Rex, hunting and camping, he was a very good friend to my parents and had a great laugh, a fun man to be around. I will keep his family in my prayers and thoughts.

  7. Michael R Mellenthin says:

    Rex was one of the finest men I have ever had the honor to serve with, my love goes out to his family at this sad time.

  8. Jerry Ann Nunley says:

    So sorry to hear about Rex passing. My heartfelt love and condolences go out to you and your family. may you find comfort in your memories and God at this time. Love and Sympathy at this time Jerry Ann Nunley

  9. Mark and Paula Jorgenson says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Rex was a great guy.

  10. Sorry to hear about your loss. Rex (SFC Baxter) was my neighbor growing up and my first boss when I got into the Army National Guard. He was a good guy and send my condolences to the family.

    Travis Larsen & family

  11. We are so sorry to hear of Rexs’ passing. He was a great friend through all of our years in the Utah National Guard. He unselfishly helped us lay carpet when we built our new home 35 years ago. We have never forgot his kindness. Our love and prayers are with Gaye and their family. RIP dear friend.

  12. Kathi Skillicorn Hjelm says:

    I am so sad about Rex passing, but I know he is out of pain and fishing with dad. I always that of Rex as my second dad, so kind and funny. I thought me you if you are going to have ice cream you will need to have a bag of chips. How to make kinetic energy and he made great Teriyaki barbecue chicken. I miss the fishing, hunting and bon-fires. Rest in peace Rex. To the Baxter gang, may the many great memories get you through this difficult time. Hugs, Kathi and family.

  13. Gay and Family: We were saddened to hear of Rex’s passing. Although it was not unexpected it is still hard to accept. Some of my greatest memories are of the elk hunt at electric lake and the other camping trips we had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love to you all

  14. I am so sorry for your loss Rex was a good and kind man.haven’t seen much of you two since high school but i have nothing but kind feelings and thoughts about you. Your friend Ken


    Gay, we were also saddened to hear of Rex’s passing–our lovve and thoughts are with you at this time. What a nice reunion he and Ron are having right now!

  16. Curt and Maureen Lund says:

    Gay and family,
    May the Lord wrap you in His arms and comfort you at this time. We enjoyed our friendship with the two of you very much!
    Know that we are thinking of you and your family!