Rex Lars Bood passed away peacefully Monday morning, March 16, 2020 at the age of 84 after a short illness at the Star Valley Care Center in his adopted beloved home of Auburn, Wyoming.
He is survived by his wife Majken, who he married in 1961 and proceeded to love, honor and cherish in every sense of those words for the next nearly 60 years. He is also survived by his sister Rosemary Yerke, (Walter) and many nieces and nephews and their children who all loved Uncle Rex dearly. He also leaves behind a multitude of brothers and sisters from The Meadows Ward of Auburn, Wyoming, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are loved as much as they loved him, and even more friends, acquaintances, and admirers he gathered up along his way. He is preceded in death by his sisters Elda and Sharon, and his brother Warren.
Rex was born on January 17, 1936 in Rexburg, Idaho to Joe and Mary Etta Bood. He grew up there happily and quickly learned to love the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. As a young man he was drafted into service as a soldier in The United States Army where he served dutifully, and upon discharge he relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah where he met his true love Majken. After they married, he was hired full-time as a police officer for the University of Utah Police Department. He served the people there for 30 years, during which time he promoted to Detective. His was a distinguished career in public service, one he was very proud of and excelled at. It also allowed him time to explore (via his police car) the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from the Avenues to Emigration Canyon, Battle Gulch, Dry Gulch, and Red Butte Canyon, “… where the big ones are!”.
He was outside every chance he had throughout his whole life, respectfully walking and later riding the North American hills in search of four-legged game, and scouring waterways for big fish. There are many, many, many of these creatures who wish he had taken a day off from hunting or fishing once in a while, but we are sure they are happy knowing they gave Rex so much pleasure. Others who gave Rex pleasure were his friends that he hunted with, especially Mike and Dan. A very special thank you to you guys for making those trips with Rex.
Another dear thank you goes to all our friends here in the valley who have helped us through these last few months and all the wonderful times we have had here. We love you all very much.
We would love to have everyone share with us at Rex’s services but in these trying times we are limited to a small private service. We are planning a celebration of Rex’s life in the spring or summer when it is a better time for all of us to gather together. Please don’t be disheartened- Rex knows his timing wasn’t as good as it usually is- we will all have closure together in 2-3 months. Save your flowers for then if you would please, or if so, moved please donate anything you can to your local Police Department in the name of U of UPD Detective Rex Bood, Retired.
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