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Webster, Randall L.

Webster, Randall L.

December 15, 1945 — September 7, 2022

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Randall L. Webster on Wednesday, September 7th, in Kansas City, Missouri.

His life began December 15, 1945, in Long Beach, California, one of three children born to Gilbert and Mary Webster. Most of his childhood was spent in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from Washington high school, he went to college at San Jose State earning a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. After serving as an officer in the Navy for four years during the Vietnam War, some of it “in country,” he received an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant. He returned to California where he earned an MBA from Long Beach State.

During his career in Marketing, working for companies including Nieman-Marcus and Bear Creek Corporation, he traveled all over the world. He was married three times, and his son, Christopher, was from his first marriage to Carol Bridges. His second marriage was to Annette Kahn, of Dallas, Texas. In 1998, he met Valorie Smith while living in Kansas City, Missouri, and this time he got it right. They were married at Lake Tahoe, California on September 8, 2003. For several years they worked as a sales team for The Gerson Company, making the move to Bend, Oregon in 2001.

A lover of the great outdoors, Randy was able to spend his retirement years exactly as he had imagined: as a resident of Bend, skiing Mt. Bachelor in winter, golfing, hiking, and fishing the rivers and streams of Deschutes County in summer, while playing racquetball and pickleball year-round. But, even in retirement, he continued to contribute to his community as a volunteer mediator, helping people find positive ways to resolve conflict, a role he enjoyed tremendously and at which he excelled.

Randy and Val had many adventures together traveling with friends and family in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Examples include a voyage on the Queen Mary, sailing in the Virgin Islands and the San Juan Islands, and touring aloft on elephants in the jungles of Cambodia, just to name a few.

Randy enjoyed music—particularly country music —appreciated fine art and authentic international cuisine. He was a man of intelligence and good humor, with a kind and generous heart, loyal, loving, and supportive to his family, stepfamily, and to the family he chose—his lifelong friends—all of whom will mourn him deeply. His wife and soulmate, Val, walked beside him every step of the way through the long course of his ordeal with Lewy Body and Parkinson’s disease, sparing no effort to make his life as comfortable as possible.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Levy, father, Gilbert Webster, stepfather, Gene Sacks, and sister, Margaret “Peggy” Webster. In addition to his wife, Valorie, and his son, Christopher, Randy is survived by his stepchildren Brad Scott and his wife, Marni, Jessica Horn; grandchildren, Alex, Jackson, Tyler, Ainsley, and CJ, as well as his beloved brother Roy Webster and Roy’s wife Sandy. Randy also leaves many close friends who will never forget the rich experiences they shared.

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It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Randall L. Webster on Wednesday, September 7th, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Webster, Randall L.'s Guestbook

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Randy's passing. It was not until I received a communication from his son, with whom I had not spoken in over 30 years, that I realized the voice message from Valorie a few weeks earlier was not a scam call, which I did not return. I apologize to you Valorie for this oversight. After the contact with his son, I surmised that perhaps Randy had passed away. I googled an obituary for him and saw the Bend newspaper article, which confirmed what had indeed happened. I am glad he found love and peace with Valorie and that she was able to provide such good care until the end.

Annette Kahn Webster

So many great memories. I will think of Randy every time I see the Crooked or Metolius Rivers, Mt. Bachelor, or Lost Tracks or Rivers Edge Golf Course. Taste a good red wine, a Corona or Modelo Especial, chicken off a charcoal barbecue, or a braised beef brisket and noodle kugel. When I listen to country music, the Grateful Dead, or Lynyrd Skynrd. Randy was a man of the earth, a man of spirit and man of big heart. He will missed by all who he touched. May his memory be as a blessing.

Lester Friedman

It was with sadness that I learned of Randy's passing. I played pickleball with him and Valorie in Bend many times in the past. He was delightful, funny, and a very good player. Great memories! My deepest sympathies to Valorie and family; it's a huge loss.

Mollie Jurgenson

Randy and I had many laughs together. We both volunteered as mediators at Deschutes County Circuit Court Bend, OR. The times having coffee together trying to improve our mediator skills while sharing stories are memorable. I'm sure his service to our country will be recognized in the next life. Charlie Young

Charlie Young – Mediator Bend, OR

I very much enjoyed working with Randy as a volunteer mediator in Bend. He was a valued member of our mediator team. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Karen Green

I was sad to hear about Randy passing. I had only met him several times through Valorie in Bend, yet she shared so much of their lives together. He will leave many lasting memories.

Jill Rentas

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