Jim Randall died at his home in Estes Park October 21, 2012. He was 84 years old. James Arthur Randall was born September 29, 1928 in Wichita, KS. His parents were Emil and Delphine (Fuller) Randall. He graduated from Wichita High School North in 1946 where he was a member of the National Honor Society, played the snare drum in the band and earned athletic letters in baseball, swimming and football. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1946 to 1948, where he was a flight deck air craft director on the USS Boxer (CV-21).
After his honorable discharge he spent the summer of 1948 in the Uncompahgre National Forest as a trail laborer. He received his B.A. in Forest Recreation from Colorado A&M (Colorado State University) in 1952. While there, he lettered in football and baseball and was named in the Who’s Who Among Students of Colleges and Universities. Jim then worked seasonally at Rocky Mountain National Park in 1950 and 1951, then at Mesa Verde National Park in 1952. Permanent service in the National Park system came in November of 1952 at Carlsbad Caverns as tour leader and supervisor. He married Ruth Emily Pyke in Fort Collins, CO on February 18, 1953, and the couple had two sons, Robin W. Randall, born in Carlsbad NM and Wayne J. Randall born in Douglas, AZ. The Randall family lived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM, Chiricahua National Monument, AZ, Fairfax, VA, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA, Springfield, VA, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, Arches and Canyonlands National Park, UT, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO and Wind Cave National Park, SD. He was awarded the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Award and was a founding member of the Association of National Park Rangers in 1976.
Jim and Ruth retired to their Estes Park home in 1989, but in 1989 he worked with the National Park Service’s Incident Management Team on the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. In 1994, they started spending winters in Green Valley, AZ. His hobbies included sailing, river rafting, skiing and camping. Ruth died in August of 2009. Their son, Wayne also preceded them in death in December of 2004. A son, Robin survives and lives in Estes Park and Green Valley. No Memorial service is planned, but a remembrance will be held in the Spring of 2013 to celebrate Jim’s life. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Jim’s family.