REX, Gary Allen, beloved and adored husband, son, brother, brother-in
law, father, grandfather, nephew, uncle and friend died at home on
Sunday, February 9, 2014 after an 18-month battle with glioblastoma
multiform; a virulent brain cancer.
The eldest of four children of Lois and George Rex, Gary was born in
Tucson, in September of 1954 and was a life-time Tucson resident.
Graduating from Catalina High School in 1972, Gary attended Pima
Community College before beginning his 30-year law enforcement career,
first as an enamored young adult intern with the Tucson Police
Department and then as an officer with the Arizona Department of
In retirement Gary traveled, acted, modeled, refurbished his 1989
Corvette and repped for many southern Arizona wineries. In March of 1980
Gary married Julie Marie McDevitt. They parented and loved their three
children, Jennifer, Sean and Joanna. Gary happily found love again with
Janet McGee. In November 2012, Gary and Janet celebrated with an
Elvis-style wedding in Las Vegas, NV, attended by family and friends
from far and wide.
Gary is survived by wife, Janet; mother, Lois; daughter, Jennifer;
son, Sean; daughter, Joanna and aunt, Sue, all of Tucson; stepdaughter,
Vanessa (Art) of Pasadena, CA; sister, Julie (Tim) of Erie, CO; brother,
Mark (Kevin) of Windermere, FL; sister, Jill (Dan) of Las Vegas, NV;
grandchildren, Ethan and Arizona in addition to numerous cousins,
nieces, nephews and caring friends.
Gary's family will celebrate his life well-lived with a Memorial at
1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2013 at St. Frances de Sales, 1375 S.
Camino Seco. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The
National Brain Cancer Society. "Lord, make me an instrument of your
peace... it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life" St. Francis of
Assisi. God bless the life fulfilled of Gary Allen Rex and his legacy
that lives on in all those he touched and inspired.
Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY To express condolences
Published by Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 16, 2014.