Rex Prisbrey Obituary (2021) – Scottsdale, AZ

Prince Rex Prisbrey

It is with sadness and love that the family of Prince Rex Prisbrey announces his departure from this full life of 99 years on July 3, 2021. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Pinka ; his son, Michael and his sons-in-law, James Lewallen, Sr. and Richard DeVore. He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Karol Lewallen DeVore and John Ziegler; his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Barry Ebert; his six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Irene Slack; many cousins; nieces; nephews and a lifetime of cherished friends. We would like to thank Sharon Black for the company and joy she has brought Dad over the past three years in Belmont Village. We would like to thank all of the staff, residents and family members who welcomed Dad into their community with such warmth that he knew Belmont Village was home.

Dad’s life began in the countryside, in Washington, Utah, surrounded by animals, horses were his favorite, fields of growing crops and many other children to play with. His parents, Susanah and Hyrum Prisbrey gave birth to twelve children; among them three sets of twins. Dad was one of those twins. Growing up, Dad said he could always count on his twin brother, Max, to watch over him. Education was always a priority with Dad and after high school he enrolled at Dixie Junior College in nearby St. George and the National Guard. Soon the school was suspended when its National Guard unit was activated. It began several years of decorated military service as a pilot in the Army Air Corp/United States Air Force – China Burma India Theater during World War II. Of the awards Dad received for his military service, he said he was most proud of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal With Oak Leaf Clusters. During his military training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Rex met the love of his life, Pinka Lucero. They married three months later in her hometown, Santa Fe, New Mexico. When World War II ended, Dad graduated and earned an accounting degree from the University of Denver while working full-time to care for their baby girl, Pinka and Karol. After beginning their career at State Farm Insurance, the family finally made Scottsdale, Arizona their home in 1958 and by this time had added two more children, Pam and Mike. Dad had a forty-one-year career with State Farm Insurance and retired at age seventy-five. Mom and Dad enjoyed family, new and old friends, golf, bridge, travel, and their summer home in Munds Park, Arizona. Dad continued to fly after WWII as a hobby. His last flight as a pilot was over the Grand Canyon at the age of 93. Dad was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A life well lived! Visitation will be Saturday, August 7, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6840 E. Gold Dust Avenue, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 at 9 a.m. with a chapel service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, may we suggest a contribution to the Belmont Village employee vacation fund. Checks can be made payable to: Belmont Village Scottsdale. Please write Employee Holiday Fund/Rex Prisbrey on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Belmont Village Scottsdale, 13850 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Atten: Executive Director or a tax-deductible contribution to Honor Flight Arizona at www.honorflightaz.org or to send a donation : 8711 E Pinnacle Peak Rd., #198, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-3517 – Thank you.

Published by The Arizona Republic from July 8 to August 1, 2021.