Randy Lunsford We lost Randy today, September 4th, 12:36 a.m. 2008. We love Randy and an enormous part of our lives is now gone. Randy asked us to “go have fun, go play a round and have a BBQ” when he was asked about his pending memorial. and another…. Previous PostNext Post
A good friend is gone and he will truly be missed. I would like to make a suggestion. Whoever Joe chooses to be the next Honored Mate becomes co-Honored Mate with Randy. I think Randy would like that. Hope to see all of you on Sunday. Jeff
Thank you Randy for the memories you have made for us all. Randy asked that his friends not be sad at his passing and remember the great times that he was part of with each and everyone of us. I want to share something you would all appreciate. about a week ago randy was telling me he wanted to play golf if he gets out. I said, great how soon can you play as i might, for the first time in 30 years beat you in golf. With a Randy Chuckle, he says, “I don’t think so Joe”
Here is what I’m saying for Randy at the Memorial tomorrow:
Randy specifically said to have fun and to enjoy ourselves today…. There is a big problem with that however…. Randy isn’t with us, and it will FOREVER be hard to have as much fun as we would have had, if he were still here.
I have known Randy for 30 years, since 1978. About the time that I lost my last baby teeth. It was at Branciforte Jr. High…. Randy was an absolute hero on campus. I had just moved to Santa Cruz from Texas…
Fortunately, I went to Baymonte in 1979, a year behind Randy. We became acquaintances and finally, friends. I came to know some of the best people in the world at that school.
I was very intimidated by Randy the first few years of knowing of him. Randy was the most friendly, dependable, content, generous and naturally athletic man I have ever known. It is a rare combination, one I have never come across before and one I very much doubt I ever will again… In fact, I think it took those first few years to really believe that Randy was who he seemed to be.
I have many wonderful memories with Randy that I cherish… here are just a few.
• When my son Nolan showed an interest in golf, and the advise that I could give him was exhausted, I asked Randy to come out and give Nolan some pointers…. He didn’t shower Nolan with criticism or tips, he would only offer one or two gems that Nolan could digest during the day. He KNEW how to teach.
• He always had fabulous ideas. From The Shop to web design (AMZ), Creative ideas for my clients at work, Captain Rob children’s books, to DazzleDogs, Randy was a creative genius.
• I remember bowling with Randy on the night when his daughter was born, we RUSHED to the hospital… He was such a proud and deeply loving father, always wanting to do what was the best for Amanda, there was never a consideration of how difficult those choices might be for him.
• Randy single-handedly installed a central heating system and furnace and helped me paint my home… just for fun, just to love on me.
• He gave Shari and I his car when we were stranded in Tahoe when we were just around 22 years old… and it was a NICE car!
• He blessed me with dozens of days and nights of extreme laughter and friendship on our boys trips alone.
• Randy showed Danny and I around town in Vegas in high style.
• We went midnight surfing at the hook in the pitch black of night.
• I could go on and on for hours…
I mentioned that I met Randy when I lost my last baby tooth….. I think that God created us wonderfully, so that our baby teeth fall out one at a time, leaving us with enough teeth to get the job done, even though large voids remain. I have lost Randy, life will never be the same without him here. I won’t receive the frequent calls he made, just to check on me or to give me a weekly surf report from East Cliff… But God knows I have a few baby teeth left, Randy’s and my friends. One day, in heaven, I’ll have my permanent teeth all in place… and I will have an outstanding time with Randy, all our friends and family, forever.
Hey guys, Yesterday was AWESOME. Joe, Bob (oh and I GUESS Brough) you did a great job! Randy would be proud. Olsen even spoke well (who’d a thunk). Thanks and I love you guys, yes even you Wyatt! Bummed it was on a sad occasion that we all got together, but it was GREAT seeing all of you and beating you all in Golf! Joe, you are a strong man and I’m privileged to be considered your friend and Randy was lucky to have you and we were all lucky to have Randy. Don’t forget to chil and don’t forget you are all knuckleheads! Nuby, thanks for not ditching me and letting me hang at your pad. Can’t wait to get back to the man cave soon.
Love you guys,