HOOPER — In his three years on the city council, Rex Simpson earned respect for his ability to make sound decisions based on research and inquiries concerning the community, according to Hooper Mayor Korry Green.
Simpson died Wednesday at age 66 from pancreatic cancer.
“Rex has done a lot for the city and was a good councilman because he didn’t second-guess anything When faced with an issue, he was always investigating and researching in order to make a sound decision.”
Councilman Annette Fielding said Simpson will be remembered as a man with great integrity and as someone who loved his family and the town of Hooper.
“Rex had a quiet presence and wanted to make sure everything was done right,” Fielding said. “He didn’t like the spotlight, but he cared enough to be there when needed.
“He will be greatly missed.”
Fellow councilman Richard Hall said Simpson was a lifelong friend.
“Because of his integrity and conservative background, people have looked to him for sound judgment and sound principles on many different issues and ways to do things.”
Simpson had deep roots in Hooper, where he spent the majority of his life. By the age of 8, he was driving farm trucks on his grandfather’s farm and went on to drive for major trucking companies. In September 2012, he retired from Fresenius Medical Care.
Because of his love of riding horses, all three of his and wife Sandra’s children were members of the Weber County Junior Posse, riding with the Hooper Circle H.
Daughter Misty Rowser remembers many backpacking trips on horses to the Uintas.
“He was a great dad,” she said. “He would do anything for us. He was quiet and reserved, and I can never remember an argument between him and our mom, who were married for almost 47 years.”
“Dad loved his grandkids, and he asked me to tell them something. If they were ever in a predicament where they didn’t know what to do, they were to ask themselves, ‘What would Grandpa do?’ ”
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at the Hooper 2nd Ward Chapel, 5000 S. 5900 West.
The family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 W. 5600 South, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.