Randy King, the son of Verne and Ruth King and stepmother Nola Ferris King, was born in Eureka on May 25, 1954 and passed away June 25, 2021 after a valiant fight with cancer.
Randy grew up in Humboldt County and lived most of his life in the Weitchpec/Hoopa area. Randy’s dad, a truck driver, taught his boys how to drive a truck and Randy made a career of driving trucks for 35 years until he retired due to health problems. He was known in this area as one of the best truck drivers around.
Randy was a dad, grandfather, uncle and friend to many, and to him his friends were family. Randy had a soft spot in his heart for all dogs and considered many his babies, spoiling them like they were his kids. He took it very hard if he lost one of his pets. He was also an avid motorcycle racing enthusiast, taking his niece and nephew McKenna and Andrew Stephens to Hangtown every year to enjoy the motorcycle races. Randy and his good friend Danny Wild would go to motorcycle races every year in Oakland.
Randy was also a proud member of the Armed Services, serving in the United States Air Force as an aircraft maintenance specialist. Randy enjoyed his time outdoors and was an avid gatherer of local mushrooms, harvesting many different local varieties. He was a proud member of the Yurok tribe of Northern California.
Randy is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fred Downs. He is survived by his spouse Christine Nix. Siblings Tony King, Rita Sullivan, Kelly Fletcher, Dan King, and Ray King. Children Stormy King and Misty Kafader, son in law Kris Kafader, daughter and son of his heart Naomi and Billy Matilton. Grandchildren Rain, Solomon and Sunshine Garcia and Summer, Autumn, Kolton Kafader, Hunter Shults, Jake and Josie Matilton. In-laws Gary and Kathy Colegrove, Carol Pease, Kenny and Ida Lucas and Henry MacDonald. Family of his heart Dawn Kilby, Cindy Sylvia, Walt Cosce, Wally Morton, Johnny Blake, Glen Jones, Ted Pearson, Randall Pearson, Vikki King, Steffani Kitchen, Onita Viramontes, Billy McCovey, Jeanette Bain, Pastor John Armand and multiple nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Randy has chosen the Yurok Veterans Cemetery as his final resting place, up on the hill in Yurok Country. Pastor John Armand will be officiating the services. Services to be held on July 17 at 10 a.m. for graveside with a reception following at the Yurok Housing Gathering Facility in Hoopa at 1 p.m.
The family is eternally grateful to the many friends that came to help care for Randy. Their company helped ease his day along. He was very happy to see them. Special thanks to Dr. Kent and his nurse Paula for their care in his final days. Again, thank you all!! Just know he loved you.
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