W. Rex Brown
Warren Rex Brown of Kanab, Utah, passed away at his home on June 24, 2021. Rex was born April 11, 1929 in an old brick house in Kanab Utah not far from his home were he passed away. He was one of three sons born to Joseph Gurnsey Brown and Alga Brady Brown.
Rex’s young years were spent in actives with his older brother Joseph MacVaugh and younger brother Marlin Brady exploring new and wonderful adventures in and around the red hills of their home in Kanab, which included many dangerous expeditions that their parents knew nothing of until their boys reached adulthood.
Rex’s teenage years were consumed by activities related to his extraordinary athletic abilities and talents. A member of Kanab high school’s first football team (leather helmets, no face guards) where he became well known throughout Southern Utah as a talented running back. Star center of his schools basketball team where he excelled with his unstoppable hook shot. Rex’s most passionate athletic event was the pole vault. In this event he became Kanab’s first Allstate track and field champion with an amazing vault of 12 feet using a bamboo pole and landing in a sawdust pit. Rex took with him to the grave scares on his legs from track spikes as a result of landing abruptly in the sawdust. Following his high school athletic career Rex attended the university of Utah where he played football and pole vault his freshman year.
Rex served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At age 19 he served 2 years in the Eastern States mission, where he had many life shaping experiences.
After returning from his mission he was taken by a very pretty, petite, dark complected young lady from Orderville, Utah, Nada Hoyt. After Nada stole his heart she held it next to her own for 69 years during which time they added to their life circle 5 children.
Shortly after their marriage in the St George LDS Temple the couple made their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, where for 3 1/2 years he was employed by the gas company. During this time Nadine and Kenneth were added to the family. Tiring of the big city, they returned to the Kanab area and their family continued to grow with the arrival of Marlene, Belinda and Eric rounding out the family. Rex was employed in Kanab by Whiting Brothers and then for the power company. While employed with the power company he discovered what was to become the world famous “Kanab Wonderstone”. He spent years developing the business into what it is today and was able to leave the power company and become self employed.
In addition to his family Rex had a passion for hunting, fishing, camping and eventually found GOLF. One of his proudest achievements was 3 “hole in one” with an additional one he couldn’t count because it was not witnessed.
Rex and Nada served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from January 1992 through July 1993 in Manchester England, where many lifetime friends were made.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents Gurnsey and Alga, brothers Mac and Marlin and his wife Nada. Rex is survived by his children Nadine Brown-Young, Kenneth Rex (Cindy) Brown, Marlene Brown, Belinda Lee (Darren) Lamoreaux and Eric Ervin (Peggy) Brown; 11 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday July 2, 2021 at the Kanab Stake Center, 20 West Center Street at 11 A.M. with a viewing prior from 10 – 10:45. There will also be a viewing held Thursday evening from 7 – 9 P.M. at the same location. Burial will be in the Kanab City Cemetery. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.