Randall Lynn Townsend
Born in Mountain Home, Idaho 6/1/1955 – Passed in Smiley Creek, Idaho 7/27/21
Devoted Husband to Rae, Oldest Son of Ernest and Roberta Townsend, Prankster Brother to Linda and Dale.
His adventurous childhood was spent in Albion Idaho and Mountain Home Idaho enjoying Days filled with Horseback Riding, Cowboying, Snake Hunting and Rock Throwing.
He graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1974 and ITT Tech shortly thereafter and began a lifetime path of adventure and friendship.
This path included Heavy equipment Operator, Hydro Electric Specialist at Lucky Peak Dam, Heavy Construction excavator, Government Packer for US Forest Service, National Park Camp Host/Manager in Wyoming Idaho and Arizona, Snow Groomer for Custer County, Santa Claus for the Bellevue Library Fundraiser, and his most rewarding endeavor, fire figher. Randy’s contribution to firefighting began in his 20’s when he was a wild-fire hot-shot with Shake Creek/Fairfield Ranger Service. His continued contribution to his community lead him to be one of the founding fathers of the Smiley Creek Fire Department where he was recently appointed Fire Chief.
Randy has been the owner of R&R Repair in Smiley Creek for over 17 years. His time in Smiley Creek brought him the greatest friendships and satisfaction of his life. He called the Stanley Basin “home” and everyone there “Family”.
Randy is survived by his wife Rae, brother Dale, sister Linda, 2 nieces, 2 great nieces and many wonderful friends from Smiley Creek and Stanley Basin. He truly loved the great friends in his Smiley Creek home that made his life there full and enjoyable. He always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and a heart eager to help anyone in need. He was a true “Idaho Gem”.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Smiley Creek Fire Department.