Rex Dean Wilson, 57, of Jerome, passed away April 8, 2020, a victim of COVID-19. He was born July 6, 1962 to Melvin and Maxine (Goodsell) Wilson of Buhl and joined his older sister, Cindy. Rex was raised in Buhl and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family.
In 1967, Melvin Wilson died in a hunting accident. A few years later, Maxine met R.A. “Bill” Metzler, and the two married adding a collection of brothers and sisters to Rex’s life. The Metzler/Wilson family raised a big garden and worked on the family farm in the Lucern area of Buhl. On the weekends, they went on adventures all over Southern Idaho fishing, hiking and exploring. Rex loved the trips and seemed to travel with a permanent grin on his face. Growing up he loved to play with the children in his neighborhood and swing in his backyard.
Rex attended Buhl Schools and represented his home town on the Special Olympics team. His long legs made him a natural for the track team, but he was too kind to win a race. Instead, he’d hold back and let other kids race ahead of him. That great big smile of his finished first, no matter what the event. After graduating from Buhl High, Rex moved away from his family, eventually settling in Jerome, where he lived until his death. He loved his friends and housemates and enjoyed the outings and adventures they went on together. He was a huge fan of McDonald’s ice cream sundaes, John Wayne, and music.
Rex was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; and his step-father, Bill Metzler. He is survived by his mother, Maxine, of Buhl; sister, Cindy Wilson Monson of Idaho Falls; and his step-siblings, Marian Davis of Buhl; Howard Metzler of Winnemucca, NV; Carol Metzler of Shoshone; George (Laureen) Metzler of Filer; Robin Clark of Boise; and Karma (Clem) Fitzgerald of Shoshone; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at CommuniCare Home in Jerome as well as the kind staff at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center ICU and emergency staff.
No formal service will be held at this time. The family requests no flower deliveries and asks that you just remember Rex with a smile.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Rex’s memorial webpage at www.farmerchapel.com.