PRICE - Don R (Rex) Gardner, age 93, passed calmly in his sleep in Price on Oct. 6, 2011. He resided at the Heirloom Inn, a retirement residence since April 2010 where he was well taken care of by a lot of beautiful and loving ladies including his dedicated step-daughter Bev who made sure on a daily basis that his every need wasÂ handled andÂ who spent endless hours withÂ him, especiallyÂ this last month making sure he didn't feel alone.Â Thank you soÂ much for all that love and care.
Â Don was born to Denzel Rex Gardner and Alice Fern Greenhall on Sept 22, 1919 in Hayden andÂ was a member of the LDS faith. He joined the U.S. Army on March 8, 1942 and served through November 1945. HeÂ married Mary Leavitt in 1948 and had four children. They were later divorced.
Â A true cowboy his entire life he had a huge love and respect for horses and taught that to his children. He made sure that both Craig and Gayle had their own horses atÂ different timesÂ of their lives andÂ taught them that same love, respect and ability to ride. He was very proud of his association withÂ his friends of Alcoholics Anonymous and his sobriety of 25 years.
Survived by his daughter Gayle Ann Gardner-Layton,Â grandchildren Aubri Layton and Colby Layton, his step-daughter Beverly Liebhardt, nieces, nephews and cousins.Â
He is preceded in death by his beautiful son Craig Gardner born in 1950 and died in 1969, his baby girl born and died in 1949, baby boy born and died in 1953 and granddaughter, Ashley Terry, also by his sister, Blye Smith, brother, Keith Gardner and his parents, and sweetheart of 20 years LaVonne Seeley.Â Â
Â A memorial service was held on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at Fausett Mortuary (680 E. 100 S. - Price). A gathering at Bev's home was held afterwards for refreshments and to visit. His final remains will be taken to the NeolaÂ Cemetery next July during the Gardner Family Reunion. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Don at www.fausettmortuary.com.