Longtime former Kodiak resident John Peyton Randolph, more commonly known as “Jack,” died in Brenda, Ariz., on March 18, 2011. He was 80. Jack was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Lineville, Ala. He came to Kodiak around 1949 to work at the U.S. Navy base, now known as the Coast Guard base on Kodiak. In 1952 he married Martha Olsen and together they raised three children on Kodiak. Jack was the foreman of the power production plant on the Coast Guard base at the time of his retirement.
He was very active in the Kodiak Island Sportsmen Association and played a key role in the completion of the indoor shooting range near the VFW on Monashka Bay Road. He was also active for several years in the Snowbruins Club, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Jack was an intelligent and talented man, and was rarely defeated by anything mechanical. He was truly an artist when it came to building and repairing firearms. For many years he provided professional gunsmith services to the residents of Kodiak. In 1987 he and Martha divorced and Jack left Alaska. He spent the remainder of his life exploring throughout the Lower 48 and Canada, with an occasional trip back to Alaska in his motorhome.
Jack loved being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the adventure of new places. He enjoyed rock-hounding, photography and building something with a few good tools and his bare hands. He was passionate about the preservation of personal freedoms. He cherished the idea and beauty of wide-open spaces; the mountains, desert and high plateaus of the Western states were special and meaningful to him.
Jack was preceded in death by his father Henry B. Randolph and his mother Mildred Bell Randolph Lotz, his sister Evelyn Randolph Dain, and his youngest son John L. “Johnny” Randolph. He is survived by his son Brett Randolph (spouse Jeanne Miller) of Kodiak, daughter Vicki Kluever (spouse Kent) of Palmer, brother William D. Randolph (spouse Shirley) of Aptos, Calif., grandson Robert Case of Fairmont, W.V. and granddaughter Adrienna Case of Oakdale, Minn., his former wife Martha Randolph of Kodiak, along with many nieces and nephews.
It was Jack’s final personal wish that no service be held for him, to be cremated and his ashes scattered to the winds in the desert. It was also his wish any remembrance or memorial be made to a humane society or animal shelter. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of 840 South Iris Circle Palmer, AK 99645.