Rex E. Hoopes, 63, of Boise, and formerly of Baker City, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 24, 2020, after a year-long battle with cancer. Rex was always up for a fight, so the peaceful part surprised his family. They think it was mostly to avoid dealing with Google, his phone, and the lackluster room service his loved ones were providing.
A casual graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at noon at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Don’t worry about dressing fancy and be ready to hear some Beatles tunes.
Rex was born the 9th of December 1956 to John and Letha Hoopes. He was always a true little brother, looking to cause trouble and be a hellion. Shooting, fishing and catching pet pigeons with tennis rackets rounded out his childhood. He served an LDS mission in the Southern USA, graduated with a bachelors degree from Utah State University, and raced around on his motorcycle. He married a foxy girl from Utah and had four beautifully mediocre kids.
He loved making guitars and wrote his own songs. He loved sitting in the middle of everyone and playing them as loudly as he could. He loved going on drives, complaining, reading, Star Trek, gardening, and spending time with great friends. He enjoyed hunting with his brother, but more so eating snacks, napping in the woods and telling “big elk” stories. He was somehow both the surliest and friendliest of people, and had many friends wherever he went. He was a great builder and handyman and enjoyed constructing heavy-duty things that could withstand any apocalypse.
Rex is survived by his wife, Debbie; his four children, Whitney (Ben) Mortensen of Camas, Washington, Taryn, Tanner and Alex Hoopes of Boise; two grandsons, Levi and Charlie Mortensen; his siblings, Nancy Fuller, Dale and Kenny Hoopes; and a ton of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and his older brother, Garry.
Donations in Rex’s memory can be made to St. Luke’s Hospice though Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
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