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Mitchell Randall L. OCEANSIDE -- Surrounded by his loving family, Randall "Randy" Mitchell passed away at home on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the age of 92. He was born in Elizabethtown, Ky., on July 13, 1920 to Ava Elizabeth and Troy Miller Mitchell. His childhood was spent in Paducah, Ky. Randy has a B. S. degree from the University of Kentucky and a Journalism degree from University of Missouri. He served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring at Camp Pendleton in 1963 as a Major. During WW II, he served overseas 27 months with the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific earning the Purple Heart Medal at Pelelieu. Randy met his wife to be, Carolyn Leslie in Washington D.C., and on September 6, 1952, they married in the church once attended by George Washington. They eventually moved to Oceanside in 1959 when Randy was transferred to Camp Pendleton. He was President of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, the North County Concert Association, Tri-City Hospital Foundation and was Tri City Hospital Foundation Executive Director for seven years. He co-chaired the Oceanside Arts Commission and Days of Art Committee. Randy owned and operated Mitchell and Associates for 25 years before retiring the agency in 1988. Together, Randy and Carol were founding Presidents of the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) where they helped to establish Oceanside Museum of Art. Randy was a longtime member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside. He was a Rotarian and served as President of the Oceanside Chapter later becoming Governor of District 5340. Randy especially enjoyed working on the clubs infamous poet's corner! Always a southern gentleman with a twinkle in his eye, Randy is fondly remembered for his teasing and love of a good joke. Survivors include his wife, Carol; sons, John (Judi) of Castro Valley, and Jeff (Diane) of Sacramento; daughters, Susan (Kimo) Marquardt of Oceanside, and Lisa (Peter) Puchalski of Mission Viejo;11 grandchildren; sister, Alice Mitchell Fisher of Franklin, Tenn.; and sister-in-law, Bettye Mitchell of Cleveland, Tenn. Randy was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack of Cleveland, Tenn.; and brother-in-law, Gene Fisher of Franklin, Tenn. Following a private interment, a memorial service will be held Saturday February 16th at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oceanside Museum of Art, Tri-City Hospital Foundation or Oceanside Rotary Club.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 13, 2013
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