Richard Leon (R.L.) Jex
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Richard Leon (RL) Jex
This was taken from the Jex Genealogy and Family History book published around 1963. This was written and submitted by R. L. Jex.
Richard Leon Jex is the eldest child and only son of Richard H. and Ruth J. Jex. He was born on his father’s twenty-fifth birthday. Being the only boy in a family with seven sisters, it was often stated that he was spoiled by having so many sisters to wait on him, but they have always been a very close family and have relied upon one another for advice and counsel when the need arose.
He attended the local schools, which had classes to the eighth grade at the time; but when his father was called on a mission for the church, he quit school and operated the family farm until his father’s return. Although only in his early teens, he became the breadwinner for the family during his father’s absence.
He continued to work with his father on the farm until early manhood when he became interested in a business career. He began that business experience with the Jex Lumber company. Then he tried the automobile business in the early days of the modern car. In 1923 he purchased the Farmers Cooperative, a general mercantile business, changed, the name to the R.L. Jex General Merchandise and has successfully operated this business since that time. He owns one of the oldest businesses in our city.
He was a founder and organizer of the Bank of Spanish Fork in 1930. He has been a member of the board of directors of the bank since its beginning. After serving several years as vice-president, he was elected president in 1960. R. L. Served as Bishop of the First Ward for five years. He did an outstanding job in serving the ward membership and assisting those in need.
His community activities have seen him serve every segment of local community life. He served as a member of the City Council, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Federal Land Bank, Vice President and Director of the East Bench Canal Company, President of the Utah Retail Grocers Association, and President of the Jex Lumber Company.
December 20, 1961, R. L. And LaVerne celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, marking a pleasant happy, companionship of fifty years of married life.