Randall Dean Southerland – husband, father of two, grandfather of three, and friend to many – passed away peacefully on October 27, 2022, at the age of 75 in Camarillo, California.
Randall, known as Randy or RD to his friends, was born to Helen and Dean Southerland in Oxnard, California, January 17, 1947, where he made an impression early on the community, winning the Beautiful Baby Competition. He graduated from Camarillo High School in 1964, enlisted in the United States Army in 1966, and was stationed in Korea and Georgia before his discharge at the rank of a Sergeant in 1969. Midway through his military tenure, he courted childhood friend, Betty Richmond, while on leave visiting his parents. After knowing each other virtually their entire lives, the pair married in 1971. Once out of the Army, Randy worked as a union carpenter before following in his father’s footsteps and being promoted to a Business Agent, a position he held for the remainder of his 38-year career. Betty and Randy welcomed two sons together, Brian in 1973 and Adam in 1979.
Throughout the years, Randy enjoyed recreating in the outdoors, teaching his sons to fish and hunt with annual trips, and taking family camping trips with the Jeep Club. He loved cooking his world-famous chili beans for colleagues at the Carpenters’ Union annual barbeques, and for family and friends at gatherings with loved ones. Those who knew Randy were familiar with his daily hobbies: feeding the squirrels, buying his Lotto ticket (though he had yet to get that big win), completing crossword puzzles, and faithfully watching Jeopardy weeknights at 7:30pm, without fail.
Randy was preceded in death by both his parents, Helen and Dean Southerland, and is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; their sons, Brian and Adam; his daughters-in-law, Laura and Jillsy; and his three grandchildren, Hailey, Hayden, and Jax.
The family would like to thank all family, friends, and medical professionals who spent time with Randy prior to his passing and who have supported the family during and afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family instead requests that you raise a toast in Randy’s honor.