Randall James Blevins
1956 - 2020
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Randall James Blevins, adored husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend to many went to heaven on May 8, 2020, after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded in love from family, friends and his wife by his side. He painted an amazing sunrise that morning to let us know he made it.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Oct. 22, 1956, to Richard "Dick" and Joan Blevins. He is one of five kids: Bruce, Lorrie, Brian and Ricky. The family moved to Fairbanks when he was young and it has been his home a majority of his life. Randy and Carol met in Washington while he was there working and moved back to Fairbanks in 1988, where they married Aug. 6 at Alaskaland. They raised five children together: Maggie, Kristina, Michelle, Kathleen and Jimmy. Randy loved his kids, but his real pride and joy is their 17 grandchildren. If the grandkids were around, there was at least one or two in his lap as they read books, watched TV or just snuggled together. Family was always a priority, so Randy and Carol traveled to the Lower 48 in the winter for a few years, making stops to visit family and friends along the way.
Randy was a heavy equipment operator with Local 302 for 45 year and joined when he was 18 years old following in his dad's footsteps. He worked for years on the North Slope running a rolligon for Crowley Catco in the winters and was featured on an episode of Arctic Roughnecks in 2009 showing us what his life was like up there. In the summer he was a crane operator with Precision Cranes, his latest passion was teaching his love of Cranes to future operators through the union hall after his retirement from construction work. His brothers and sisters of Local 302 were his second family.
Randy loved the outdoors, and life revolved around fishing and hunting seasons. Some of our greatest family memories were packing up the old suburban and boat and taking off down the highway to where the fish were. Some of his favorite places were King fishing on the Gulkana, dipnetting in Chitina and Silver salmon fishing in Valdez. Every September he went up the Salcha river to what he referred to as God's country for moose hunting and where his family will spread his ashes so he can spend his eternal days there.
Randy was preceded in death by his father, Richard Blevins, and his grandparents.
Randy is survived by his mother, Joan Blevins; wife of 32 years, Carol Blevins; daughter, Maggie Riegle (John); daughter, Kristina Wood (Shawn); daughter, Michelle Stepp (Danny); daughter, Kathleen Acosta (Rafael); son, Jimmy Blevins (Jaime); grandchildren, Colby, Hunter, Jayann, Jacklynn, Daniel, Asher, Elijah, Jameson, Ariha, Cheyenne, Sierra, Dorothy, Kayla, Dylan, Jayden, Lillian and Leslie; brother, Bruce (Jane); sister, Lorrie (Kent); brother, Brian (Sue); brother, Ricky (Kelley); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held in Fairbanks at 2 p.m., July 26, 2020, at the pipeline training center, 3605 Cartwright Court.
Online condolences may be made to the family at Blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Daily News-Miner from May 12 to May 15, 2020.
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May 15, 2020
I met Randy back in 68 he was playing little league. He could throw a mean fastball. I believe it was pioneer wells. He was a great dad loved his family. Have a safe journey my friend.
Roland Castillo
May 15, 2020
He was such an awesome guy to work with. I'm going to miss that baritone laugh.
My deepest condolences to all of his family.
Christian Rye
May 15, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Randy's passing , An excellent Equipment Operator and Person wether on a Crane or in an Ugly Blow in a Rollagon somewhere on the slope Randy was always there with a great smile and attitude. Randy would share stories of his Wife, Children and Grandkids and was looking so foreword to spending more fun in Retirement. He left us way too early and will be missed by all that his paths crossed. Rest In Peace Randy and we share our condolences with all Friends and Family!
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Tim Childs
May 13, 2020
Im sorry to hear about Randy. I met him in the early 70's, worked with him for a while in up north for Mukluk Freight lines in early 80's. We would run across each other in town off and on through out the years and catch up. Randy was always decent man from my view point. My condolence to his family...
Ron Hall
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