Wilkins, Randall Duane
age 55, of Phoenix, died peacefully in his sleep on November 27, 2012. Randy was born in York, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1957. He was the son of the late Dr. Frederick Mead Wilkins and the late Shirley Ruth Wilkins of Scottsdale and Fort Worth, Texas. Randy was raised in Arizona where he graduated from Scottsdale High School in 1975. He was active on the swim team and enjoyed raising show chickens and horseback riding. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Arizona State University in 1979. While at ASU, he was active in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He attended Georgetown University Law School and graduated in 1982. He returned to Arizona and began his legal career with Streich Lang Weeks and Cardon. He became a founding partner in Bonn and Wilkins where he served as lead counsel in a number of significant class action lawsuits, including the largest class action case to date in Arizona history. Randy was admitted to the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. At the time of his passing, Randy practiced at the firm of Burch and Cracchiolo. Besides his love of the law, his passions included world history, international cuisine and travel. Over the years, Randy particularly enjoyed spending time in southern California along the coast. He is survived by his sister, Kimberly Schrader, her husband, Alfred, and a nephew, Christian Frederick Schrader of West Hartford, Connecticut. He is also survived by his aunt, Virginia Wilkins Parsons of Collingswood, New Jersey and his uncles, Raymond Hartman and Richard Hartman of Gratz, Pennsylvania and numerous cousins in Pennsylvania. A Memorial Service has been planned for Saturday, January 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Contributions in Randy's memory may be made to the
, Arizona Chapter, 2929 S. 48th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282 or ASPCA - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034. You may leave an online condolence for Randy's family at www.messingermortuary.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 9, 2012