Obituary: Rex E. Reid
Rex Elton Reid was born on July 24, 1915 in Olney Springs, Colorado, where his mother and father homesteaded. He was the second born in a family that grew to 10 children. He passed away August 16, 2011, at the age of 96 years. His family moved to Stamford, Texas, when Rex was young. He was a bright student and graduated from Stamford High School at the age of 15. As a young man he worked in Stamford at many different jobs including soda jerk, cotton picking, and grocery store clerk. He always contributed a portion of his earnings to support his family and younger siblings.
Rex moved to Arizona and New Mexico to work in construction of gas pipelines. He often reminisced about a job of driving from town to town to replace old records in Juke Boxes with the latest tunes on the Hit Parade. He also attended architectural school while there.
Shortly after World War II started he moved to Southern California where he fell in love with and married Bess Mae Ivy and#8212; his wife of 49 years. Rex was exempted from military service because of a health problem. As a Licensed Building Contractor he contributed to the war effort by building facilities needed by the War Department. After World War II Rex was honored as Builder of the Year.
In 1949 Rex bought property at Donner Lake where he built 3 cabins and a commercial building (still know around Donner as Big Blue). While under construction the massive snow storm of 1950/51 collapsed the structure which he dug out of the snow and rebuilt in the spring. From that location, and the warehouse he built next door, he operated a number of businesses over the years. Builders Service Center sold building supplies, home appliances, floor coverings and draperies, and home furnishings. His latest career was as a poet who has published some of his works entitled and#8220;Observations of Life.and#8221;
Rex, with the full support of his wife and#8220;Honey,and#8221; was active in community services as a member of Lions, Rotary and the Masonic Lodge. He started Community Care where he accepted and warehoused donations for the less fortunate of our community. He was a champion supporter of youth sports of baseball, basketball and football.
Rex is survived by his great grandson, Sean McMahon of Truckee, and his great grand children, Melody Cotten and Scott Reid, both of Truckee; and his great grandchildren, Nicole, Jackson and Jessica of Truckee. He is also survived by three siblings, sisters Bee Mills of Spanish Fork, UT; Joyce Melugin of Grass Valley, CA; Rose Hicks of San Ramon, CA; and brother Reford (Jeep) Reid of Fairbanks, AK, and numerous nieces and nephews. His community, friends and family will miss him and his incurable optimism.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 27, 11 a.m., at Sierra Bible Church in Truckee.