Randy Mickler
MICKLER Randy Mickler passed away peacefully December 20, 2009, at home in Chula Vista surrounded by his family. He was 56. Randy was born in Camp Atterbury, Indiana, but moved to St. Augustine, Florida, when he was two months old, where his family has lived since the 1700s. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, FL, attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1976. He worked for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville as a producer and director until 1980 when he moved to San Diego, where he was with NBC San Diego for 29 years. He was a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle and received several Emmys for his creative work. He retired from the station as Director of Operations in June. Randy loved music and photography, played the guitar and everyone who knows him is aware of his love for karaoke and, above all, the Florida Gators. He fought a courageous five-year battle with colon cancer and he will be missed deeply by his family. He is survived by his wife, Jane Clifford, and his four children, Angela Sears, Shannon Fosgett, Ryan Mickler and Lauren Mickler, his parents Joe and Marilyn Mickler, brother Rick Mickler, five grand-children and seven nieces and nephews. He had many other family members and friends whom he cherished. A funeral Mass was celebrated December 23rd, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Scripps Ranch, CA. A graveside memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday January 16, 2010 at San Lorenzo Cemetery, Reverend Father Seamus O'Flynn, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider memorials to the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, P.O. Box 10086 Gainesville, FL 32610 or San Diego Hospice San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of the local. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published by Florida Times-Union on Jan. 14, 2010.
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Jane, I am so very sorry. My prayers are with you and all your family.
Susan Woods
January 23, 2010
Jane
I"m so sorry to hear that Randy has passed away. What a shock to read this. I had no idea that he was ill. God bless you and your family.
Helen Joost O'Neal
January 20, 2010
Randy was a dear childhood friend; probably one of the best friends I had as a kid growing up in Jacksonville. At about 11 or 12 years old, we began having a lot of fun fooling around with a bass guitar he had gotten for Christmas (or maybe his birthday) and an old drum set my dad had gotten me. We recruited some buddies and eventually started playing music. Over the years that fun turned into a garage band called the J-Town Xpress. Even as a youngster, Randy was full of creativity, talent, and the ability to entertain and connect with people. It is no surprise he ended up in the career he did. His family was always kind and especially fun loving. His little brother Richard was probably the brunt of a lot of torment from us, but he took it in stride. Randy’s mom, Marilyn, always treated his friends like she was their second mom. Randy’s dad, Joe, brilliantly helped us channel our love of music into a rewarding enterprise by managing the J-Town Xpress when we were in high school; surely keeping us out of a lot of trouble. It took years and a couple of my own kids to appreciate what Joe did for us back then and what a great dad he was; and it appears as though he passed that trait on to Randy. Over the years Randy and I lost touch living our lives, but did connect every once and a while. I last talked with Randy a few years ago, and he mentioned how sincerely content he was with his family and his life. I’ll never forget Randy and the fond memories I have of him.
With a heavy heart-
Mark Palazesi
Mark Palazesi
January 15, 2010
Dear Jane,

I was so sorry to hear that your husband had passed away. I know this must be a very sad time for you and your family. I hope that memories of happier times will help you in your time of grief.
Jim Logue
January 15, 2010
IT IS BITTER SWEET WHAT I AM FEELING NOW, I HAVE NOT SEEN OR HEARD FROM RANDY SINCE 1975 WHEN I WORKED WITH HIM AT WJXT CH4. ALWAYS WONDERED WHERE HE WENT? NOW I KNOW MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY.
ALVIN MCNEALY
January 14, 2010
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