Rex Comstock
Rex Comstock

Obituary of Rex Comstock

Willard Rex Comstock lived a life that was not only long in years but rich in love, dedication, and service to others. Born on January 4, 1932, his legacy is a testament to the impact one person can make on the lives of so many.


His journey began in Superior, Nebraska, but it was in Olympia, Washington, that he carved out a life filled with remarkable milestones, graduating from Olympia High School in 1950. Rex's commitment to hard work was evident from his early years as a young entrepreneur, starting his career as a paperboy and lawnmower, paving the way for a successful tenure with Safeway and the grocery business that spanned over 40 years, culminating in his valuable contributions as property manager for DeTray Family Enterprises.


Rex's life was not merely about professional achievements. His heart overflowed with a passion for service and a dedication to making a difference. He gave generously of his time and energy to organizations and initiatives that resonated with his beliefs, leaving an indelible mark on the community. His impact was felt not only within his family but across various communities.  His involvement in education reflects his dedication to shaping the future. His commitment to various causes, including being an active member and leader within First Baptist Church for 79 years, the North Thurston School Board of Directors for 20 years, a charter member of Lacey Rotary, United Way Board of Directors, South Sound Merchants Association, Lacey Chamber of Commerce, UGN, PTAs, the North Thurston Booster Club, Thurston County Regional Planning Board, Education Service District, for 23 years, Thurston-Mason County Chapter of Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire Girls, Prison Ministry, High School Class Reunions and Finalist for Thurston County Citizen of the year 1974, all showcased his leadership and selfless nature.


However, amid his busy life of service, his true joy and pride were found in his family. His union with Julie, whom he met at the First Baptist Church youth group, blossomed into a love story that spanned nearly 72 years. Together, they raised four children, creating a beautiful tapestry of love and togetherness. Rex leaves behind a legacy of love, unity, and strength embodied in his four children, Jane (Neal) VanDeventer, Debra (Greg) Champlin, Phil (Linnea) Comstock, and Brad (Kelly) Comstock; and 15 grandchildren, Nick, Sarah, Nate, Laura, Noah, Whitney, Bryce, Kramer, Robyn, Stone, Quinn, Fox, Chloe, Lizzie, Eli (and 6 spouses); nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Rex Comstock's life wasn't confined to the walls of his home or workplace. He was an avid traveler, exploring different cultures and nurturing friendships around the world, often visiting former exchange students that he and Julie had hosted in their home. His adventurous spirit also extended to cheering for his grandchildren at their sporting events, and other activities making memories that will be cherished for generations.


Rex passed away November 28, 2023, in Lacey, Washington. We celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy of love, service, and unwavering dedication. While Rex may no longer be physically present, his spirit lives on in the countless lives he touched. He joins his parents, Leo and Eunice Comstock; brother, Willy Comstock; and grandson, Joseph, leaving behind cherished memories that will continue to inspire and guide us.


In his honor, let us carry forward his values of selflessness, dedication, and love for family and community, ensuring that Rex Comstock's legacy lives on through our actions and deeds.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 6, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Olympia First Baptist Church, 904 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to make a memorial donation consider contributing to the following that held special significance to Rex:


--Lacey Rotary Foundation, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5850, Lacey, WA 98509   

--Olympia First Baptist Church, Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 533, Olympia, WA 98507


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