Lloyd Rex Heiner passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 27, 2013, with his wife and mother at his side. We are certain he is happy to join his father, brother, grandparents and other loved ones who are rejoicing to be with him again.
Tuff was born in Ogden, Utah, to Rex and Dawna Rogers Heiner on Aug. 21, 1949. He grew up in Morgan, and spent his life living and working at Como Springs. He loved working in this 80-year-old family business. He loved the whole enterprise and used it to develop his talents in swimming, skating (like you would not believe) and cooking. The swimming pools were probably his favorite part of the business. At least a dozen times a summer, Tuff would be seen jumping the service counter and diving in the pool to save tots to adults that he know were in trouble. He could spot someone in trouble and be to their rescue before anyone else had time to react!
He looked forward to the annual deer hunt with his family, friends, and horses at the cabin in Lost Creek. He was always full of stories and jokes from the hunt.
He graduated from Morgan High School and attended Weber State University. He completed his formal education as a graduate of The University of Utah with a B.S. in accounting. And to the end, he was the Ultimate UTE fan! He used this education in public accounting and later as an officer for nonprofit organizations in Las Vegas, Nevada. His expertise in this field is well known and gave him the double satisfaction of applying his finance expertise and helping those who were in need. Among those institutions was a shelter for homeless women and children, and he served as vice president of Corporate Finance at Central Recovery Treatment. His last employment was the charity Communities in Schools , which helped the schools with poor children have meals on weekends, school supplies, and clothing. His employer and co-workers were heartbroken to learn of their loss of a good friend and supporter.
He proudly served his country for six years in the United States Air Force. He retired from the service as a Lieutenant. He served in the United States and in Germany. The highlight of his service was his time in Germany. He felt a certain kinship with the German people.
Tuff married Becky Porter on Jan. 15, 1977. They made their home in Morgan, where they enjoyed raising their son Chris. Chris loved helping his dad with the race horses and the many jobs that went with running Como Springs. They spent 37 wonderful years together, but their favorite years were spent in Las Vegas, where they bought their dream home with a swimming pool. Tuff’s 6 foot 2 inch frame could still dive into one foot of water without touching the bottom of the pool.
Tuff had an inordinate love for dogs. He owned many during his life and they were his constant companions when he was home, following his every step. True to his nature, he adopted his present dog from a shelter. Because of his love for family, dogs and swimming, he and Becky designed their back yard to be their personal retreat. Family, including the dogs Bo and Muffy, took swims whenever possible. Tuff had a deep need to live in Las Vegas so he could be near his mother. They talked daily and saw each other as often as possible. Dawna considered Tuff to not only be her son, but her dearest friend. Tuff was a member of the LDS church.
This tribute to Tuff would not be complete without acknowledging his love and admiration for John Wayne. He actually thought at times that he was his protégé.
We are so saddened at his sudden unexpected death, but we know that he is with many who love and welcome him. He is survived by his wife, Becky; his son, Chris (Becky); and two granddaughters, Madison and Malorie, whom he adored. He is also survived by his mother, Dawna Woodward; two brothers, Roger and Mark; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Rex; and his brother, Park.
To abide by Tuff’s wishes, a memorial service will be held in his honor at a later date.