Rex P. Sackett

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Rex P. Sackett, PGM,
Rex P. Sackett, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1959-1960

Rex P. Sackett was born in Chatfield, Minnesota, on January 7, 1898. He received his early education in his hometown by attending both the elementary and the high schools. While in Chatfield High School, he made a name for himself in athletics, excelling in both baseball and in basketball. Following graduation he played baseball with Rochester in the Minnesota-Iowa League and was so versatile that the team used him in its two regular weekly games and placed him at first base on Sundays and as a catcher on Wednesdays. He also played professional basketball and, at various times, played with the Rochester Aces, the Hormel Packing Company, and the Minnesota Marines. In 1925, he came to Detroit and in December, became associated with the United Savings Bank. He stayed with them until 1952 when the United Savings Bank consolidated with the Manufacturers’ National Bank of Detroit. At that time he was named Manager of Maintenance. He held that position for many years.

Manufacturers National Bank gave him a leave of absence for one year at full salary. He married Effie Smith on November 12, 1924. They were blessed with one son.

He was raised as a Master Mason on June 21, 1936 in Tyrian Lodge No. 500. He entered the official line and served with great distinction as Worshipful Master in 1945. While serving Tyrian as Worshipful Master, he also served as President of the Masters’ Association of Metropolitan Detroit. Continuing his service to Masonry, he was elected as a District Deputy Instructor and served in that capacity for two years. He also, served District No. 4 as a representative to the Board of General Purposes of the Grand Lodge for a five-year period and, in 1952, was elected to serve as President of the Board. At the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan, Brother Sackett was elected to the office of Junior Grand Deacon and steadily advanced each year in the official line and, on May 27, 1959 was elected and installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master.

He was a member of Sojourners Chapter No. 164 R.A.M.; Monroe Council Commandery No. 42, K.T.; and was a Charter Member of Detroit York Rite College No. 1. He was also an active worker on the Reception Committee of the Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Detroit and was in addition a member of Moslem Temple and of Strathmoor Chapter No. 472, O.E.S.

He died on August 20, 1983.

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