Rex H. Crumrine

Nov. 30, 1945 – Sept. 6, 2023

Rex H. Crumrine, born Nov. 30, 1945, in Wichita, Kansas, entered the arms of Jesus surrounded by his family on Sept. 6, 2023, in Yakima, Washington.

Rex was raised and, ultimately, adopted by his grandparents, Arvel and Letha Crumrine, at the age of 10. Rex spent much of his elementary age in Shriners Hospital, having contracted polio at age 8. It was during this time that he grew to love reading and learning. 

He attended high school in Powell, graduating in 1964. He was in the honor society and a member of the Spanish Club all four years of high school. After high school Rex attended Northwest Nazarene University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. 

Rex then moved to Yakima, Washington, where he met Diane Peterson through mutual friends. He married Diane on Aug. 16, 1969, and had three children, Aaron, Amber and Annika.

He began his career working in social services and held numerous positions with the Department of Social and Health Services, EPIC/Headstart, St. Elizabeth/Providence Hospital, Waddell and Reed and finally retired from the Bureau of Reclamation as a grants manager.

Rex also volunteered time in the churches he attended, West Valley, Selah, Naches and Bethel Nazarene, as a teacher, board member and sound technician. He would often downplay his teaching, saying he simply asked questions. He was involved in numerous other volunteer activities with West Side Christian/Riverside School, Cast for Kids fishing events and Selah Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts. Rex never let the physical challenges as a result of the polio ever stop him from doing anything he put his mind to.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Arvel and Letha Crumrine, brothers Robert, Kenneth and Charles Crumrine; and sister Geraldine Caughran.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diane (Peterson) Crumrine; children Aaron (Jacqui) Crumrine, Amber Calvert and Annika (Jeremy) Crumrine-Hammer; grandchildren Peyton, Kaden, Aliyah and Mosaic Crumrine, Allen and Cady Calvert and Lucas and Boen Hammer; great-granddaughter Adeline Calvert; brother Max (Patricia) Crumrine; half-brother David (Cindy) Gates; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held at Selah Covenant Church in Selah, Washington, on October 7 at 11 a.m.  and was livestreamed on the church’s Facebook. There was a potluck fellowship following the service. 

A graveside gathering will be held October 21 at 11 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery outside of Powell.