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Randy W. Ayers, ’67, 1949-2020

 

 

Randy's daughter Brittany Ayers Gonzales made this announcement on Facebook today

 

June 3, 2020

 

Sadly, after a year long battle with cancer, our father Randy has passed away. He died peacefully at home with our mother by his side. Thankfully, my sisters, myself, and his grandchildren were all able to visit him and say our goodbyes before he passed.

 

Randy was a very strong person, in body and spirit, and the magnitude of loss in his passing is felt deeply by us all. We will always remember him as a dedicated provider, loving father and husband and the proudest Papa. He was honest, hard working, and the most generous man.

 

In honoring his final wishes, a celebration of life will be held at our family home at a later date.

 

For now, we would love it if you would share a story or memory about Randy so that we all may remember the happier times.

 

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Dennis Turner, ‘67 on June 5, 2020 at 8:37 PM said:

Randy was quite a guy.  Hard worker, hard party’er.  I will always remember Randy at Pinwinnie’s Iron Foundry, the bar in the 70’s near Cal State Fullerton.  He was a great pool player and would hold the table for hours, beating all comers and he always used one hand, never a his second hand to steady the pool cue like the rest of  us.  All the while, with a cigarette in his mouth — he would light one off the other, cigarette after cigarette.  Many nights were spent at his apartment on Commonwealth with a combination of Randy, John Hughes, Tom Klemm, Tim Bird, Alan Wood and/or John Hamshaw playing Hearts until way early in the morning and then Randy would be up before morning light and off to run his plastering crew. 
 
He was an artist when it came to plaster.  I think he was the only approved/qualified plasterer to work on the famous Green and Green properties in Pasadena because his work was so good and he was so dependable.
 
He had a health scare years ago and quit smoking, maybe even quit coffee.  Great gift of gab.  A nice guy.
 
Nothing made him happier than to brag about his daughters who were really, really good softball players.  Randy coached the girls.
john schulze on June 4, 2020 at 10:49 AM said:

l am so surprised a man as strong as Randy would pass away so suddenly, the cancer must have been very aggressive, because Randy was so tough. ln the early 60's we all would get into it with the 'campus kids' at the lake. When Randy was there he would take no b.s. Wayne Wakeman, Rich Posey, Chris Hansen, Don Vivrette, Denny Turner and Glenn Bianchi used to hang out on Lakeside (or Lakeview) where his early house was. Randy was a real crackup. You knew you were friends for life when He would give you that smirk and look out of the corner of his eyes at you. The Randy look. l felt lucky to be that kind of friend.lt was great to spend some time with him at the 50th.
As far as work, he was one of the best texture and knockdown artist's in O.C. Both of my folks houses including the Laguna Beach place, Ayres plastering was requested by pop. ln fact Randy used to tell me what it was going to look like, the consummate pro.
l will miss Randy, its not fair, too soon just like Brother Jeff. l know your telling jokes in heaven Randy. Blessing to the family, you left quite a legacy my friend.
John
Jeff Nix '67 on June 4, 2020 at 7:18 AM said:

I vividly remember shooting pool at Pinwinnies with Randy. He always played one-handed. Every shot, no matter how difficult. I only beat him one time, and that was when he scratched on the 8-ball (last shot, he sunk the Cue-ball). Randy was one of the good guys. Glad I was able to talk to him at the 50th reunion. RIP, man, see ya on the other side.
Tommy Kerr '67 on June 3, 2020 at 10:53 PM said:

Well, with a heavy heart and some tears in my eyes, I am thinking back on my friend Randy, and he was a really great friend, because if he was your friend, he always showed you a fierce loyalty that was straight from his heart. He worked harder than anyone I ever knew. Most of his weekends were spent helping his Dad whom owned Willis Ayers Plastering Co. It was grueling hard work and especially for someone in high school, but he was always there for his Dad whenever called upon. He and I went to the L.A. Auto Show one time and there was one of those venders that was hacking a food chopper there as you walked along to another part of the building to see some of the latest most amazing new cars. Well as we walked by the guy called me out and said gheeze look at that guy! I bet he can really eat a lot. I always had a problem with my weight, but the only people whom had a problem with it were people I didn't know. All of my friends were always kind to me. Well, Randy said to this guy that he needed to apologize to me in front of this big crowd that was there. I told him not to worry about it and that it happens all the time and he said no! Not this time! So he went up to the guy and grabbed his microphone from him and said, apologize to my friend NOW! The guy said he was sorry to Randy but Randy said no, apologize to him! The guy apologized to me about three times. I don't think that guy ever made fun of anyone in his audience again about his food chopper. No one was going to disrespect his friend, period! What a lucky family he had to be able to have him as their Proud Papa and husband. There is no doubt in my mind that he treated them like gold. God bless you Randy and thank you for being my friend...……..Tommy
Paul Saevig, ‘67 on June 3, 2020 at 8:56 PM said:

I didn’t know Randy, really. We talked a few times. I remember he wrote some sensitive poetry in high school, published in our literary magazine. He had many Lancer friends, and they have mentioned him often in their stories and recollections ever since school days. I understand Randy was a master carpenter, and specialized in building and installing older styles of moldngs in fine mansions built many years ago. His work took him to places like Pasadena often.

Randy was a strong family man, as his daughter mentions. He loved to take his grandchildren fishing at Bastanchury Lake.

I’ll never forget the beautiful estate where Randy grew up on North Euclid, just north of Valencia Mesa. A passerby in a car would get a brief glimpse. I never went down the driveway, so it has remained a place of enchantment all my life.

Rest in peace, Randy.

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