Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 10, 2020
George Rex Elmer

Obit George Rex ElmerJan. 27, 1944 – Nov. 4, 2020

George Rex Elmer, loving husband, father, and friend passed away peacefully due to complications from pneumonia (non-COVID related) Nov. 4, 2020.

George was born Jan. 27, 1944, in Bingham, Utah, to Rex and Wilma Elmer. He grew up in Payson, Utah, where he participated in band, basketball, football, and track. He later resided in Murray, Salt Lake City, and for the last 40 years in Grantsville, Utah.

He married the late Jane Williams on March 3, 1967, in the Salt Lake City Temple.

He attended BYU and earned his master’s degree in education. He loved to teach and spent over 30 years educating youth. Feb. 15, 1980, he married the love of his life, Shirlynn Ruth Wayman. She was his best friend, his partner in all things, and he loved her with everything he had. Shirlynn loved her “sweetheart” deeply, stood by him, and served him devoutly. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served diligently in many callings including a mission in the North Western States Mission. His testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ was paramount in his life. He lived and shared his love of the gospel willingly. 

George had a lifelong passion for horses and for woodworking. More than anything, he loved being a father and grandfather. He made sure all of his children knew he loved them “no matter what.” He taught them the value of hard work, how to laugh at life, the importance of forgiveness, and so much more. Our big, beautiful, blended family will deeply miss his amazing dad hugs, his father’s blessings, and his advice. 

He is survived by his wife Shirlynn; his sisters Kay (Larry) Darton of Riverton, and Mae Ewell of Genola; and his children John (LeeAnn) Elmer of Tooele, Rebecca (Randy) Jackson of Salt Lake City, David (Brittany) Elmer of West Valley City, Julie (Ben) Gowans of Payson, Kathryn Webb (Joe Lasky) of Murray; Steven Elmer (Chrissy Stacey) of Iowa; Richard (Jennifer) Willams of Murray; and Angela (Justin) McBride of Stansbury Park; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Jane, brother-in-law, Kendell, and one granddaughter.  

Funeral services were held Nov. 10, 2020, at the LDS chapel, 81 N. Church St., Grantsville, Utah. Interment followed at the Payson City Cemetery, 400 N. 800 East, Payson, Utah. Leave condolences online at


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