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Randall George Hunter


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Randall George Hunter
Aug 21, 1958- Dec 13, 2017
Santa Cruz
Randall ("Randy") George Hunter, 59, best friend and life partner, of Catherine A. Thomas, drifted off this mortal coil on Dec 13, 2017 at their home in Santa Cruz with Cathy by his side. Randy has been battling various forms of cancer over the last four years, but it was a rare form of cancer that metastasized in his liver that took his life.
Randy was born in Santa Clara on August 21, 1958 the first son of Dennis, who passed before him, and Janet Hunter. Randy was a devoted father and enjoyed golfing, hunting, camping and fishing with family and friends. He was an entrepreneur and an accomplished artist and woodworker. It was his love of the arts that drove him throughout his career to create new businesses to champion both renowned and unknown artists to ensure their art reached the largest possible audience.
Right out of high school Randy pursued his first entrepreneurial venture when he took over his father's painting business, Stanford Painting. He diligently grew that business to 20 + employees before moving to Maui where he embarked on an adventurous career in the art business that spanned three decades.
During that time, Randy represented and championed some of the world's finest artists including Robert "Wyland", M.L. Snowden, Frank Eliscu (creator of the Heisman Trophy), Michael Parkes, Markus Pierson and Yaacov Agam. He also had a successful career as a gallery owner and publisher.

In the 1990's, Randy was an early pioneer in online art sales when he founded several online art galleries, including FineArt-e.com, AEJV.com and MauiArt.com. Motivated by his personal goal to support artists with the resources necessary to continue creating their art, Randy placed artwork in thousands of homes and businesses enriching the lives and careers of the artists he represented.
Following his successful career in the fine art industry, Randy and Cathy founded the Weygers Foundation in 2015 to bring attention to the art and craft of Alexander Weygers. As part of that process, Randy self-published a book called LIFT and produced several short films in an effort to raise the awareness of the works and accomplishments of Alexander Weygers. Inspired by Weygers' principals of sustainability, self-reliance, and integrity as an artist, the Weygers Foundation provides funding to help young makers continue their educational efforts in the area of Arts, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship. Until the very day Randy made the transition to eternal life, he was teaching the world about these principles that he so believed in and that were taught to him by his father many years before.
In addition to art, family and friendship provided many treasured memories in Randy's life. Randy is survived by his loving mom, Janet and younger siblings Kurt and Denise plus his four children. He was especially proud of his younger brother and sister who pursued successful careers in technology and education. His heartfelt wish for his youngest sons, Corey and Colton, is that they continue their education and development into fine young men of exemplary character.
Randy also maintained lifelong friendships with a set of high school friends (Rick Vasquez, Chris Schieber, Butch Bennett, Steve Fine, Rich Fevinger and Rod Schieferstien) , who would gather each October to share their love for each other and the great outdoors. This was a tradition never to be broken, like many other traditions in Randy's life. He also maintained a lifelong friendship with Chris Hunter who he referred to over time as his friend, his roommate and his "brother". Lastly, Randy carried a special bond with John Kilcullen who was an inspiration to him in many ways especially balancing his love of his large family and children with his career successes. Randy treasured all of these relationships and they enhanced his life immensely.
In addition to his soul mate, Catherine Thomas and her son Ryan Thomas, Randy is survived by his mother, Janet Hunter, his godmother and aunt Pat Correnti, his sister, Denise Hunter, his brother, Kurt Hunter and Sister In Law, Leslie Hunter and their two boys (his nephews) Stuart and Scott Hunter, his four children Ashley (Hunter) De Oliveria, Samuel Hunter, Corey Hunter, and Colton Hunter, and his granddaughter Brooke De Oliveria.
We will be celebrating Randy's life with visiting hours being held Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park, San Jose from 4pm to 8pm. Memorial Services will be held Friday Jan 12, 2018 4pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph, San Jose with reception to follow at 5:30 pm the Corinthian Club. Family and Friends are respectfully welcomed.
His burial at the Oak Hill Memorial Park will be private for his family and select close friends.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Randy's life in their own way, raising a glass of their favorite drink would be appropriate.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Weygers Foundation, www.weygersfoundation.org, Randy's passion project.



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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 5, 2018
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