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Respected Friend of Utah Golf, Rex Black, Passes Away
One of Utah golf’s great friends, Wilford Rex Black, passed away Wednesday, December 12th, at the age of 92. He was a supportive voice for golf at the Utah State Legislature where he was a Utah State Senator for 24 years. He was a particularly big supporter and friend of the Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course.
Mike Dmitrich, former UGA board member and also a state senator, said, “Rex was a true competitor who loved golf and a very well respected state senator. He was instrumental in getting funding for the Mountain Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park and it may not have happened without him. The parks people were very appreciative and named the sixth hole of the Mountain Course ‘the Black Hole’ after him.”
Dennis Wood, another former UGA board member, was one of his closest friends and golfed with him quite often, including numerous times this past year when he was 91 years old.
“We had to manufacture a special glove for his left hand because he had cut off a couple of fingers in his woodworking shop making toys for kids, and we had to tee up his ball for him, and he would say, ‘one of these days I’m going to have to give up this game,” Wood said.
Wood was a lobbyist and said of Black, “he was one of the most knowledgeable legislators and would always tell it straight to me. In that House of Smoke and Mirrors he would blow the smoke away and give me a straight answer every time.”
The complete obituary and details of services are as follows:
Wilford Rex Black, Jr.Beloved Father, State Legislator1920 ~ 2012
Dad passed away peacefully on December 12, 2012, surrounded by his children and was reunited with his sweetheart, Helen Frazer, who had preceded him in death. They were married in May, 1942 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
He was an active member in the LDS church and served diligently in numerous callings. He was a temple worker for several years well into his 92nd year. He was a veteran of World War II in the European theater, and was an engineer for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad from which he retired after 42 years. He was president, then Chairman of the Board for the Rail Ops Credit Union which later became Transwest Credit Union. He served as a Senator in the Utah State Senate for 24 years. He retired from the Senate to take care of his sweetheart in her declining years. He took great pride in being an Honorary Colonel, and was on the board of the Northwest Multipurpose Center. He donated many of his woodworking projects to the center to benefit the Head Start Program.
He was an avid golfer and had a hole named after him at Wasatch State Park (The Black hole).
He is survived by his eight children, Susan (Richard) Blackwell, Janet (Colby) Rytting, Cindy (Richard) Fowler, Joy (Scott) Miller, Peggy (Frank) Shay, Vanna (Craig) Roberts, Gayle Kilgrow, and Rex (Adrian) Black. He has 34 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Sandy Health and Rehab, Pine Mountain Hospice and the Veterans Nursing Home for their loving care.
Viewing will be Sunday, Dec 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Estates, 6500 S Redwood Road, and from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Services will be held Monday, Dec 17 at Rose Park 10th Ward, 760 N 1200 W, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.
Interment will be at Memorial Estates 6500 S Redwood Road immediately following services.