Mr. Gregg Osborne Randall
1943 - 2008
La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador
Las Cruces, NM
Gregg Osborne Randall passed away on Tuesday morning, February 19, 2008. The only son of Jasper Wayne Randall and Ona Kathleen Kelly. Gregg was born on November 3, 1917 in Abbott, New Mexico. Gregg is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anna Fern Messick Randall, his son Darrel and wife Rose Adams Randall of Albuquerque and his only grandchild, Evangeline Rose Randall currently a student at NMSU. Gregg was preceded in passing by his daughter, Carolyn Dove who is survived by her husband, Harvey. Gregg grew up and graduated from high school in Dawson, NM. He received his BM in music education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and he later earned a Masters in Music Education from Northwestern University in Chicago. He did graduate study at Chicago Musical College, Vandercook School of Music, Chicago, the University of Iowa and the University of Southern California.
Gregg began teaching band and chorus at Kismet, Kansas from 1939 -1943. He returned to Dawson in 1943 but was drafted into the WWII Army, serving in the Philippines and Japan until discharge in 1946. He returned to teach band at Dawson High School until 1948. He moved his family to Truth or Consequences where he taught the Hot Springs High band from 1948 to 1954, during which time the band doubled in size. In 1954 he moved to Las Cruces and conducted the LCHS band until retirement in 1977. (He had begun teaching private lessons in 1939 and continued to teach woodwind instruments privately until 2004 - 65 years!) The LCHS band grew from 75 to over 200 students. The band won many awards at marching and concert competitions from California to Texas achieving renown as one of the finest high school band programs in the Southwest.
Gregg was recognized for his contribution to public school music by being elected the president of the New Mexico Music Educator's Association, the prestigious American Band Masters Association, the American School of Band Directors Association, and the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity. He was honored as the first New Mexico Music Educator's Association's Music-Educator of the year in 1983 and selected to be the conductor of the New Mexico All-State Concert Band in 1984.
Gregg served his community as president of the Las Cruces Rotary Club from 1960 - 1961 and as a Master of the Jornada Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He and Fern have been members of St. Paul's Methodist Church since 1954. He loved the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Arizona, where he enjoyed fishing, hiking and searching for arrowheads to add to his extensive collection. Those wishing to pay their respects can attend a viewing at the LaPaz-Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador from 6 - 8 pm on Sunday, February 24. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 25 at St. Paul's Methodist Church on Alameda followed by interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 5140 W. Picacho. Those wishing to make a lasting tribute to Mr. Randall may send a gift to the NMSU Music Department Tournament of Bands for the Gregg Randall Award of Excellence. NMSU, Box 3F, Las Cruces, NM 88003. Service arrangements have been entrusted to La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador, 526-6891. To send condolences please log on to
Published by Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 24, 2008.
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Mr Randall made a profound impact on my life. For that, I'm eternally thankful. I can truthfully say that he changed the direction I was going for the better. No other teacher influenced me more.

Thank You. I will always remember the years spent in your band as the best two years of my life.
francis kirvin
March 16, 2020
To the Randall Family: I am truly sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I have always felt, as I am sure many, many of his former band students do, that it was a great privilege to have had the opportunity to learn from him as a leader, teacher and friend. Yes, about music but also a few needed life lessons from time to time. I have many fond memories regarding the six years that I was in the Hot Springs High School Band during his tutlage. Thanks! - Mr. Randall. We should all celebrate your life!
Johnny Taylor
March 23, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Barbara Martinez-Griego
February 29, 2008
I had no musical instrument skills, but loved listening to and watching the LCHS band, both while attending LCHS (1955-59), and the entire time I lived in Las Cruces (1955-1977). My sincere sympathy to the Randall family, friends and loved ones on the loss of this great mentor and teacher.
Pat Hill-Yandell
February 29, 2008
Mrs. Randall,
My deepest sympathy to you and your lovely family. I don't know if you remember me, but I used to cut both of your hair (Kool Kuts by Deb). Mr. Randall was a great man and I have missed you both dearly. I will cherish the talks and laughter we shared while cutting his hair.
My sincere condolences,
Debbie Lujan
Debbie Lujan
February 25, 2008
My sympathy and prayers go to the family and friends of Mr. Gregg Randall. Mr. Randall was my band director and private clarinet instructor from 1968-1971. He set a standard of excellence to be admired by all. I know he will be missed greatly but his memory and influences will be here for many years to come.
Judy (Haas) Foster
February 25, 2008
We have lost a New Mexico Treasure! He was the heart and soul of our musical community! We will miss fishing, laughing, Alpine, and years of wonderful musical experiences. Our love to Fern and family. Gregg, save us a place in your heavenly band!
John and Diane Schutz
February 25, 2008
We have lost one of the truly "greats" in the music world. We will miss him greatly. Gods Blessings!
Mary Lu Brooks
February 24, 2008
Who could ever forget Mr. Randall. Having graduated in 1961, Mr. Randall was my band teacher all four years. Great memories of a great band teacher. My condolences to all his family.
Ethel Mae Latting-Foxx
February 24, 2008
Mr. Randall,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines during WW II and for being a member of the Greatest Generation. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
February 24, 2008
My deepest sympathy goes out to the loss of such a great, honorable, and unique person who was a strong man and good neighbor here in Las Cruces, NM. His memorable moments and fun personality will always be remembered in our lives he has made a difference in knowing the true meaning of life and just going day by day. May God bless his soul and his beautiful family.
Braden Tidwell
February 24, 2008
Thank you Mr. Randall for your interest in me. I loved the LCHS band even though I clearly was not meant to be a musician.

God rest your soul.
Jack Stauder
February 24, 2008
Dear Randall Family, I was sorry to hear about Mr. Randall's passing. I was a band and private student of his in the 70's and have many fond memories of him. My sincere condolences;
Robert Phillips
Robert Phillips
February 24, 2008
My heart goes out to the Randall Family. He was the greatest Music Teacher ever! My sister and I were students of his for many years.
Kathy and Anna Lee Torres
February 24, 2008
I was in Greg's first band at Las Cruces High as a French Horn player. I am very sadened by his passing and I express my condolences to his family. God Bless one of Las Cruces finest human beings and a great mentor to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Robert Gamboa
February 24, 2008
Our family is thankful and grateful for the friendship that grew during the years that Greg taught Alex to play the bassoon. Greg (and Fern) came out of retirement one last time and with patience, caring, and nurturing, showed us all that music can provide calmness to the soul. Alex said, “Every time I pick up my bassoon I go through a checklist, a checklist that was drilled into my head by Mr. Randall. Even now that he isn’t sitting next to me to teach me and to laugh with me, his voice will always be in my head, and his memory in my music.”

Our family treasures their memories of a true gentlemen, teacher, mentor, and friend Mr. Greg Randall.

Forever in our hearts,
Terri, Richard, Alexandra, and Nicholas
Von Wolff
February 24, 2008
Mrs. Randall,
You and your entire family have my sympathies. I'm sure you don't remember me, but I had the pleasure of working with Gregg at LCHS beginning in 1972 until he retired. He was truly a fine educator. In my entire time as both a teacher and administrator, only words of admiration were used to describe Gregg as a person and his work.
Pat (Carver) Johnson
February 24, 2008
My memories are to great to say in this small space. He raised me in lodge, he taught me teaching, fishing,what a true gentleman is and how to clime out of the canyon. he also demonstrated what true love of your wife is.Fern was #1. Gregg will be with me forever.
Jan and Bruce Firkins
February 24, 2008
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