Rex Douglas Frates, a lifelong Tulsan, passed on shortly after midnight, Friday, September 28, 2018, at his Tulsa home. Rex's family had gathered close to him just that Thursday evening to support and enjoy each other as they always had. They recalled many family stories and events. It was light-spirited, fun-loving, and joyous. All were grateful to have had this special time with Rex on the eve of his passing. Born in Tulsa on July 22, 1925, Rex was the fourth child of Joseph Anthony and Dorothy Douglas Frates. He attended Lee Grade School, Wilson Junior High, and Principia High School, a boarding school for Christian Scientists in St. Louis. He graduated from The University of Tulsa after serving in the Navy during World War II. Rex married Marianne Benedict on March 29, 1952. They had three children and five grandchildren. Rex was an outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed tennis with his buddies, and had great fun playing Partner Hearts (a card game) with his family and friends. Rex, Marianne, and the children enjoyed a variety of wonderful traveling adventures throughout the world. And, perhaps most memorable were the frequent family trips to their Mountainlair Ranch in the Colorado Rockies skiing Crested Butte, hunting deer and elk, fly fishing the East River, and hiking and riding their horses on Red Mountain. Rex Frates had a varied and vigorous business life. He and his brother, Joe founded Frates Properties, a real estate investment company that developed and held shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels, warehouses, residential developments, and land in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, and Florida.
Rex was a happy man who believed in the underlying goodness of all people. He was a hands-on father who devoted his weekends to his children and was a great example for them. He was a member of the Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist, in Tulsa. Rex was preceded in death by: his parents; his sister, Ramona; and his brother, Joseph. Surviving family members include: his wife of 66 years, Marianne; his son, Dale (wife, Janie; son, Cliff); his son, John (wife, Lesli; daughters, KK Frates and Emma Burton (husband, Garrett)); his daughter Marilou (husband, Rick Nossaman, son, Kirk Kaupke, daughter, Kasey Kaupke); and his sister, Virginia Dunn. The family did not have a public service.