Randall John Meehan was born at the Josephine General Hospital in Grants Pass, Oregon, on January 13, 1953 to Myron Benjamin Meehan and Betty-Jo Campbell Meehan. His older sister Sharon was anxiously awaiting the birth of a sister! However, she soon adjusted to her little brother. His childhood was spent tagging after Grandfather John Meehan as he worked in the cabinet shop and being cared for by his Grandmother, Phoebe, his only babysitter.
Randy’s childhood and teenage years were spent on the family farm just south of Murphy, Oregon, on the Applegate river. Cows, chickens, dogs and cats were playmates, the river a summer swim haven and the woods a perfect place for a boy to have a fort, to which he often escaped to read books from the public library. He spent many hours at the family business, Meehan Building Supply, leading to a talent for woodworking, his start on tinkering with machinery (tearing apart a old treadle sewing machine and figuring out how to put it back together!) And learning to keep the farm equipment running. He soon began working pumping gas at Jim Ziebarth Arco, as counter person at Al’s Auto Supply and as a truck driver with Sam Smith.
He attended Grants Pass Adventist School for all 8 grades, Rogue River Adventist Jr. Academy for 9th and 10th grades and Milo Adventist Academy for 11 and 12th grades. During his time at Milo, he worked nights in the Boiler room and learned the ins and outs of auto repair while working on his 50 Ford Pickup “Moriah” in Ray Woodruff’s Auto Mechanics classes.
When he was 14 he met a retired LA police officer who had an old green 1940 flatbed pickup. Mr, Dazey liked Randy and recognized his work ethic. When he decided to sell the old truck, he brought it to Randy and made him a “good deal”. Randy fully restored it twice, once in his teens and 20s and more fully in his 30s and 40s. It sits in his garage today, as he was planning on some engine repairs. It was his pride and joy, along with his restored lathes and old garage signs. He was meticulous in his auto work and built and sold many auto related parts and full engines.
Randy moved to Loma Linda, CA in approximately 1978. He worked for the Faculty Medical Offices in building maintenance, for a start up Medical computer software company, Health Data Sciences. During his first few weeks in CA, he met the woman who would become the love of his life, Judith Falconer. They enjoyed backpacking in the Sierras, and he quickly learned how to “survive” long distance bicycle riding when she took him on a trip up the California coast. They eventually married many years later on March 5, 2010. At that time, Randy moved to live in Phoenix, AZ with Judy.
Randy worked as the Director of Plant Services at three Retirement centers: Pioneer Village, Jacksonville, OR, Twin Creeks Retirement, Central Point, OR and Bethesda Gardens in Phoenix, AZ. The seniors in the buildings loved him, as he was kind and interested in them and their past lives, often taking his own break time to visit and discuss topics of interest to them.
He was a voracious reader, beginning at age 4, when he learned to read, and would study the World Book Encyclopedia. He might not have known or understood all the words, but he became very knowledgeable over time about a “jillion” different things. He especially enjoyed western, spy and mystery novels and Oregon history. He collected silver spurs and Bev Doolittle art and enjoyed shooting his favorite guns. He loved animals,including his horse, Sancho, his cat “Tapey” and the new dog “Maddy”.
His custom Lucasse boots were worn often and his special Stetson hat! However, he was just as comfortable in shorts and a white t-shirt with a pocket, and at times a crisp white shirt, tie and suit!
Friends called him a stand up guy, honest, kind and sweet natured. He stood up for his beliefs in America and for his personal convictions. He was a man of his word.
Randy passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Sherman House Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. After experiencing 3 brain stem strokes. He rests in Lily’s Garden at the Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery in Scottsdale. A private family memorial was held on June 15.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Judith Falconer, of Phoenix, AZ. His Sister, Sharon Meehan Clary and her husband Patrick of Apache Junction, AZ, and his only nephew, Jason Hansen of Portland, OR. Also many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins and friends in Oregon and Arizona.Print Obituary & Condolences