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Rex Sayre

Rex Sayre


Rex Alan Sayre

1947 - 2015 | Obituary  Condolences
Rex Alan Sayre Obituary
Rex Alan Sayre

Rex Alan Sayre went to be with our Lord after a courageous and dignified battle with melanoma on July 12, 2015. Rex was born October 2, 1947 in Renton, Washington. He was the 3rd child born to Max and Loretta Sayre. Rex attended Riverton Heights and Sunnydale Elementary Schools, Sunset Jr. High School and graduated from Highline High School in 1966. He then joined the Navy and was stationed in California aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise which took him to Viet Nam. After that tour of duty, he was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt in the Mediterranean. In June of 1971 he married the love of his life, Taffi Martini, whom he had known since first grade. They celebrated their last anniversary together on June 19, 2015 after 44 years of dedication to one another.

In 2001 Rex retired from Safeway where he worked as a meat cutter for 38 years. Taffi retired as well and they moved to Omak in 2002 to start their retirement years on small ranch, where Rex always had a large garden. Rex enjoyed the outdoors. There was always somewhere to camp, a bird or deer to hunt and one more fish to catch. When winter came, he would retreat to his immaculate shop where he built many things, including a fly fishing boat, several model boats. He also refurbished antique outboard motors. 

In 2014 Rex and Taffi moved to East Wenatchee to be closer to family and his doctors. Rex willingly went through several cancer trial treatments so doctors and patients alike would benefit in the fight to cure this horrible disease. He always thought of others.

He had tremendous faith, always giving the glory to God. He was thankful for the love of his wife, who never left his side and the outstanding medical care he received. These things kept him going the last 4 years. 

Rex is survived by his wife Taffi; his brother Tom and Sylvia of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas; sister Sandra McAllister of Snohomish; and brother Jon and Hazel of Olympia. He is loved and respected as a brother, brother-in-law, and uncle to his many nieces and nephews. His loving companion, Maggie , his Brittany Spaniel will especially miss him. Rex will be remembered by many, for his quirky sense of humor, his wonderful smile and his kindness to all.

A special thanks to Hospice.......especially to Allison and Corey, for their wonderful care of Rex and their encouragement and support of Taffi.

A Memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in East Wenatchee on Thursday August 20th at 1 o'clock. After the service please join us for a light meal and memories of Rex. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Wenatchee, the Wenatchee Humane Society or Wounded Warriors Project.

Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at

Arrangements are by Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 26, 2015


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08/03/15 12:00 PM #1    

Dan Broggel

Sad news. I wish I had known Rex better. A great guy with a splendid life lived!

Dan Broggel

03/05/16 06:33 PM #2    

Doug Peters

Rex and I went through most of our school years together.  Sunnydale, Sunset and Highline and later on the same ship, life has a funny way of connecting people. We were both in the Navy and actually served on the USS Enterprise together.  I had been on the Enterprise for over 2 years and one day in chow line I heard a voice I recognized. I turned around and behind me stood Rex. If my memory is correct he had been on board over a year. 5000 + sailors on board and now we run into each other? 

I am thankful that we now have this website. Mostly to reconnect with our classmates and also be able to pay tribute to those we grew up with that have passed.

R.I.P. Rex

04/24/16 02:44 PM #3    

Brad Running

Rex and I went to school together since the second grade.  He was without a doubt the funniest guy in school and always had a smile.  I will never forget his quick witted comebacks and his great way of making you feel special.  His wife Linda "Taffi" and I worked together at Pacific Fruit & Produce together for years.  He will be missed by all .  Rest in peace my friend.  Brad

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