DeWitt Stearns Randall
October 2, 2012
Surrounded by his loving family, DeWitt Stearns (Randy) Randall, D.M.D., passed away Sept. 24, 2012, after fighting leukemia and lymphoma for 22 years.
Randy was born in Utica, N.Y., on Feb. 17, 1940, to Mark and Olga Randall. He was raised in Hamilton, N.Y., and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1957. He did his undergraduate studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and then graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dentistry in 1966.
After college he enlisted in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. He was posted at Fort Lewis, Wash., and upon discharge, decided he wanted to remain in the Northwest and opened a dental practice in Issaquah in 1969.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Maureen; and five children, Melissa Palmquist (Jim), Ryan Randall (Tracye), Hillary Minter (Brad), Stephen Bunting ( Diana) and Monica Lucarelli (Pete); 10 wonderful grandchildren; and brother R. Kirk Randall, of Newburyport, Maine.
One child, Trevor, preceded him in death.
He retired from his dental practice in 2006. He truly enjoyed dentistry and many patients became personal friends. Based on his expertise he was asked to join the staff at Modern Dental Lab as a consultant. The lab was more fun than a job.
He was able to travel to China with his boss and another employee to see the lab there. He couldn’t wait to get to the lab when there was a big sports event coming up so he could bet a six-pack (which he would usually win).
He also volunteered for the Washington Dental Service Foundation working on the Smile Mobile, a motorhome equipped with three dental chairs that went around Western Washington providing dental care to low-income kids who might not otherwise have access to dental care. That was one of the most fulfilling opportunities he had as a dentist.
He was a passionate skier and waited anxiously each year for the snow to fall. It was a personal challenge to him to see how many ski days he could get in each year. He was able to start nine of the 10 grandkids on the ski slopes, which made him so happy. In addition to skiing, he loved to coach youth soccer teams and he played soccer into his 60s. He loved all sports and was a sports trivia “expert.”
A celebration in Randy’s honor will be held at Glendale Country Club, 13440 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. All who would like to celebrate a wonderful life are invited to come.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Please share memories and sign the online guest book at www.flintofts.com.