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 www.lapaz-grahams.com
Published by Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 24, 2008.