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Rex Bybee Fairless Obituary

Rex B. Fairless passed away peacefully in Cambria, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Rex was born in Idaho in 1919, and grew up in Idaho Falls.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1941, when he was working for the Idaho State Department of Law Enforcement. He served at Gowan Field, Idaho, until April 1942, when he was sent to Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He graduated from OCS in August 1942, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army.

Lieutenant Fairless was sent to the Pacific Ocean Area (POA) to serve in the Signal Corps. He served in the POA until January 1946, in various capacities. One of his later assignments was serving in the forward areas in the Marianas Islands, representing Major General Burgin, the commander of Central Base Command, which was part of POA. Rex remembered being honored to brief Admiral Nimitz at his headquarters in Guam.

After being discharged from the army after the end of World War II with the rank of captain, Rex attended the University of Southern California, with the help of the G.I. bill and three jobs.

Upon graduating with a degree in business administration, Rex was hired by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation; and later by Northrop Corporation, where he worked at the Northrop Ventura facility in Newbury Park, Calif.

In addition to his job in industrial relations, he was very interested in education. He was active in speaking to local high schools, and was a member of the Southern California Industry Education Council, and of the State of California Governor's Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped. He also served on the Ventura County School Board and at various times taught classes at USC, the University of California at Santa Barbara and Pepperdine University.

Rex and his wife, Virginia (Stewart) Fairless, moved from Camarillo, Calif., to Cambria, Calif., in 1978, and loved its scenic beauty as well as the friendly, active community.

Rex was preceded in death by Virginia, his wife of 62 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Aleta (Ivan) and Holly (Edward); his brother, Mike (Ginger); five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Rex led a full and productive life that enriched the lives of those who knew him.

At his request, there will be no memorial service.

Published in Post Register on Feb. 10, 2013
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