Randall "Randy" Ray Trautman
May 27, 1960 - March 1, 2014
Randall Ray Trautman, 53, of Boise passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday March 1, 2014. Randy was born the third of four boys on May 27, 1960 to Elton B. and Helen M. Trautman in Caldwell, Idaho. Randy was raised in a devout Christian home and was very active in youth group at First Christian Church in Caldwell, ID. At an early age Randy began wrestling and playing football, excelling at both sports. He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1978 and was offered a wrestling scholarship at Boise State University but he wanted to participate in both wrestling and football! When the university finally made him make a decision, he gave up the scholarship and decided to walk on to the football program. His intense drive and love for the sport earned him a lengthy list of accolades at BSU. The most memorable was winning the 1980 National Championship with his BSU brothers, many of whom he stayed in close touch. He would tell you it was the brotherhood that brought out the best in him. In 1999 he also received the honor of being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana. It was a memorable trip he shared with his daughters, Mother, brothers Michael and Kelly.
After being drafted by the NFL in 1982, Randy was married and began his professional football career in Calgary, Alberta playing for the Stampeders. Soon after he welcomed Maggie Lynne into his life in 1983 and Molly Marie in 1985. He loved his years in Calgary raising his family, playing football surrounded by the majestic Canadian Rockies and the beautiful wide open ranges. Due to a nagging hip injury his time there ended in 1985. Eventually, he returned to Boise and was hired by T.A. Dibble Excavation where he remained for the next 18 years. He truly enjoyed his job; being outdoors, the hard physical labor and running his crew. It wasn't long and an enduring bond was formed with Terry, his crew and all their family members.
The last several years of his life Randy lived in La Pine, Oregon where he enjoyed palling around with his dog, Baby, and spending time with his brother Michael, sister-in-law Lora and family. All of his life he enjoyed working with his hands building furniture, working on engines and working in the yard; he also loved to cook. He loved the outdoors; camping with his family or hunting and fishing with his closest buddies like lifelong friends Chris and Tal. He had many close, dear friends, too many to name but you know who you are. He kept himself busy doing small carpentry jobs and checking in with his daughters, family and friends.
Randy loved helping other people. From the VFW to the Boy Scouts, buying wrestling shoes for a neighborhood boy to buying Christmas presents for a local family, the time and skills used to make other people happy are too numerous to list.
Randy is survived by his daughters Maggie and Molly, his mother Helen Marie, his brother Daniel and wife Carol, nephew Brad, wife Melanie and son Jamison, brother Michael, wife Lora, nieces Carissa and Kendra. He is also survived by his step daughters Angela Hemry and family and Jamie Korton and family. Gone before him was his father Elton and his beloved brother Kelly "Chief."
We will celebrate his life on April 10, 2014 at the BSU Hall of Fame at 3:00 p.m.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 15, 2014