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Rex Harding White Jr.

September 27, 1932April 4, 2021

Rex H White Jr. peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 04, 2021. Rex is survived by his devoted wife, Brenda; sons and daughters-in-law Rex III and Terri White; Eric and Mary Polnau. Lovingly known as Pop Pop, he is blessed by his eight amazing grandchildren, Rankin, Annabelle, Allison, Ella Grace, Katie, Julia, Hannah, and Samuel. Rex Jr. was born in Houston, Texas, on September 27, 1932, to Rex and Bernice White. His three great passions were his family, his church and his profession. He lived an amazing adventure, touching so many people along the way. Rex earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960, and worked as a petroleum geologist-geophysicist for Mobil Oil Corporation. This experience led to many adventures as a diver in the Gulf of Mexico, working the oilfields and walking the reservations of New Mexico.

Rex later returned to Austin to earn his law degree from UT, graduating in 1967 and embarking upon a 53 year legal career focused on oil and gas. He began at the Texas Attorney General’s Office and then served as Special Counsel to the Texas Railroad Commission. This led to a brilliant 40+ year career as a Partner in private practice, ultimately opening an independent practice at 65 years old. He continued this for the next 22 years. His career as a geologist and lawyer formed a passion for championing and representing the independent oilman and landowner. Rex served on corporate Boards of Directors, and was involved with many organizations, including decades as a passionate member of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, serving as a three term President and later as Chairman of its Board of Directors. He was honored with Chairman Emeritus and the Hats Off Award, TIPRO’s highest honor. It was this service to the independent oilman that he valued the most in his career.

Rex loved his church, St. Mark’s Episcopal in Austin. It was here, along with Brenda, that they found their true community. He loved being involved with the activities and people of St. Mark’s, whether it was serving as Lay Eucharist Minister or Lay Reader, encouraging the less than seaworthy on the annual men’s fishing trip, providing expert guidance to the annual chicken BBQ, reading the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, or giving his legal and life experience to the Vestry…he loved this church. Lovingly, in the last months of his life, many young members came forward to express their thanks to him for taking time to acknowledge them, lend an ear, or to encourage them in their faith. We have been so touched to see this appreciation of his life across generations. The family is forever grateful for all the love you have given our family.

His family was his greatest love and passion. He and Brenda had an amazing marriage of over 40 years. They had the chance to travel the world and make so many memories, pictures of which are all over their home. It was his role as Pop Pop that truly brought him his greatest joy. He was a doting grandfather, rarely missing a dance recital, football, baseball, volleyball, or basketball game. His grandchildren loved him, and were so blessed to have him in their lives. He leaves a legacy of love, graciousness, patience, and honor that will carry on for many generations.

The family greatly appreciates the services and loving care provided by the staff at Hospice Austin.

An outdoor service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 1:00 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2128 Barton Hills Drive, Austin, Texas 78704.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorial donations to be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (2128 Barton Hills Drive, Austin, Texas 78704) or Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78759).

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Marcille Baumgartner

April 15, 2021

I grew up attending St. Mark’s Church every Sunday in the 1980s and I have vivid memories of talking with Rex most of those Sundays. You could tell that he had a genuine heart, that he truly cared for people, as he took the time to get to know you. I always got the sense that he was one of those people you could turn to if you needed help. My heart breaks for Brenda and his family. I know he was deeply loved and he will be missed immensely.

Frank Severn III

April 13, 2021

Rex White was a true St. Mark's Episcopalian leader and great friend to our family and to so many others. He will always be remembered with love, by those whom he came into contact with by his genuine and sincere presence. God Bless Brenda and his Family.

H. Frank Severn, III & Family

Jamie Nielson

April 13, 2021

I knew Rex professionally as our paths crossed occasionally over 25 years as we both did legal work related to the Texas Railroad Commission. Rex was a gentleman and it was always enjoyable to talk with him. I appreciated his insight and wealth of historical knowledge. He was an strong advocate for protecting the rights of individuals who he saw were not getting a fair shake. Rex will surely be missed.

Tim and Mary Irvine

April 11, 2021

We will always remember Rex with a smile. His smile came from a place of intelligence, wit, and compassion. He was known for his booming voice, but it was his kindness and generosity that were so impressive. Love to Brenda and his beautiful family.
Mary and Tim

David Randell

April 11, 2021

I only knew Rex professionally. He was an outstanding attorney and a gentleman. Rex made everyone around him better at their job.

DIANE BREWER

April 11, 2021

Rex was a giant of a man in every way; he stood tall; his presence in a room exuded warmth and welcome: his friendship, and the example of his love of Brenda and service to his church was without match. He was generous in every way.

His entrance into a courtroom must have been daunting. His height, frosty, beautiful head of hair, and the power of his voice would be tough to beat. His appearances in many performances in church and activities were always enhanced by the twinkle in his blue eyes, natural composure, and perfect and powerful voice.

I loved Rex for his many acts of generosity and for the example he and Brenda set for others. Your place in the pew might be empty now, Rex, but you will always be remembered with appreciation and love.

David Garza

April 11, 2021

It was a privilege knowing Rex. I was one of his physicians for a period. He exuded all the qualities that mark a man of the first rank. It was an honor to have participated in his care. My condolences to Brenda and his family. The world lost a fine man but heaven welcomed him home.

Dee and Robert Jackson

April 8, 2021

What a beautiful, loving, wonderful, inspiring tribute for Rex!
We share so many memories and since a picture's worth a thousand words, we've attached a favorite.
We love you all, dearest Brenda and family and our hearts grieve with yours at the same time giving great thanks to God for Rex, a most marvelous person!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY