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Rex Allen Mehl

November 5, 1938 — April 12, 2024


Rex was born November 5, 1938 to George and Delores Mehl in Middletown, Ohio.  He was raised with two younger sisters.  Many summers were spent assisting with Girl Scout activities, and bucking hay.    He loved to go ice fishing with his father in the cold winter months.   When he was a junior in high school he joined the ROTC program.  After graduation from Lemon Monroe High School in 1958, he enlisted in the Navy.  Active duty training was completed in Quantico, Virginia.  In 1960 he was stationed at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California working in the blood bank being a Clinical Lab Technician.  This is where he met Betty Simunich and they were married November 5, 1962 in San Diego.  On April 4, 1963 he was Honorably Discharged from the Navy.  Rex and Betty moved to Boise, Idaho to start a family.  On July 10, 1963 he was sworn in as a Boise City Police Officer.  During a 30 year career he earned certification in Detective Work, Narcotics, Bomb Tech, Investigations, and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).  He spent many years in pistol competitions, where he earned the Governors Top 10 award several times.  

In the first four years of Rex and Betty’s marriage, four children were born.  Family outings always included a fishing hole that everyone could enjoy.  Not only did his four kids go fishing he always took a nephew and niece.  He didn’t get to fish much as he spent his time baiting and casting for 6 kids.   After the death of Betty he retired from Boise City Police Department as a Sergeant in 1993.   He married Leola Clem and gained 3 more children and several grandchildren.  Rex and Leola set off in a motor home to Homedale, spending May to October, allowing him to fish every day on the Snake River.  He loved the quiet nights of catching catfish and anyone visiting the RV park was invited to join him for a night of fishing.  He gave all the grandchildren fishing poles and enjoyed and loved teaching them to use stinky bait and how to catch catfish.  In October they would make the trip to Riggins, Idaho to fish for steelhead trout, and his annual plunge in the Salmon River.  In November they would return to Boise for the winter months.  He was always looking for a project and if he didn’t have one he would help others with their projects.   He loved family, the grand kids and great grand kids always brought the biggest smile to his face.
Rex was preceded in death by his father George, mother Delores, sister Sue, and first wife Betty.  He is survived by his second wife Leola, and his sister Barb, children Andy (Margaret), Anne, Helen, Mark, Dick, Nita, and Lena (Joe), 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Idaho Peace Officers Association.

A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Morris Hill Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will follow the service at 4621 West Franklin Road, Boise, Idaho.

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