Alvin Hannington Randall, God's servant, husband, father, brother, friend and mentor, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the age of 91. He died peacefully at home in Emmett with family by his side.
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Al was born in Boise, Idaho, to Edward and Gina Randall on March 9, 1922.
He demonstrated his faith in God through his unfailing commitment to his family and community. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Communion and became a leader in the Boone Christian Association at the College of Idaho. He participated in student government: Inter-collegiate Knights, Philotech, Senate and Beta Chi. He taught aviation mathematics with the 311th College Training Detachment.
After graduation he served in the Army before being discharged to attend medical school in Portland, Ore. He left medical school after two years, taught high school chemistry for a year, and then moved to Salem, Ore., with his wife Mary Reynolds Randall to manage Quality Control Operations for Kelly Farquar. He joined United Growers (Flav-R-Pac) and quickly became the general manager.
During their years in Salem, Mary and he raised their eight children. Al stayed active as a member and officer in Rotary International and the Salem Chamber of Commerce. He was voted First Citizen of Salem for 1970 and president of the National Canners Association in 1971. He was active in lay preaching, teaching and leadership at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and served terms on the Board of Regents of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. and as secretary of the Board of Regents of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.
In 1972, Al become the executive director of the Wisconsin Canners and Freezers Association in Madison, Wis. He and Mary became as actively involved at Midvale Lutheran, as they had been at St. Mark's. Al retired in 1989.
In 1996 Al, Mary and Ruth Reynolds, Mary's sister, moved back into the house where Mary was born and joined First Presbyterian Church where Mary was raised and Al and Mary were wed. They were active in the College of Idaho Alumni Association, the Gem County Historical Society and enjoyed attending the area symphonies.
Al's adult brothers, Richard and Walter; his sisters, Katherine Bakke and Lillian Kjos; sisters-in-law, Lois Congdon and Ruth Reynolds; sons-in-law Tedd Gimber and Paul Wuest; and his grandson, Edwin Randall have preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Mary Trel Gimber, Martha Jane Wuest, Sally and Rob Kincaid, Ted and Linda Randall, Peggy and Mark Chidister, Beth and Don Bloedel, Paul Randall and Carol Randall and her partner, Mary; 26 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Elaine Randall.
The family is deeply grateful for the love and care provided by private caregivers and Horizon Home Health and Hospice, as well as the prayers and support of his church family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Al's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Emmett, Friday, May 17, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Donations may be made to a food bank, hospice or
in lieu of flowers. Services are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett.
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 13 to June 12, 2013