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Obituary: Randall Wayne Cushing

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On Friday January 4, 2002 we lost our beloved father, son, brother and friend, Randall W. Cushing, age 49.

Randy was a strong and gentle man who had an infectious smile and kind word for everyone. He fought hard this past year against brain cancer, never giving up trying to beat this terrible disease and get on with his life. He had a gift of making everyone laugh, and people loved to be in his company. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Randy was born in Salt Lake City, UT June 12, 1952 to Rod W. Cushing and Faye R. Cushing. At that time the family lived on Stratford Ave, later moving to Severn Dr. and Laurelwood Ave. The family were members of the Fort Douglas/Hidden Valley Country Club where Randy and his siblings learned to swim, play golf and tennis. Randy loved to participate in all sports, and excelled in most.

He graduated from Olympus High School in 1970. He married Pamela Jean Throndsen Aug 13, 1977. At this time, his brother Rick was married to Pam's sister, Deborah. The Cushing Family continue to enjoy sharing the family with the Throndsen's. Randy and Pam later divorced but remained very close friends. Randy was a member of the LDS Church.

Randy was an outstanding car salesman for many Utah Auto Dealerships including Marion Willey and Cline Dahle. He later excelled in the Gaming Industry playing "Hold-Um" Poker throughout casinos in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado and will be fondly remembered by his many friends who participated with him in these games.

Randy had a hole-in-one at the 18th hole of the Bonneville Golf Course, and at age 12 was featured on a local television show for bowling a three game 612 series score. He was proud of these and other accomplishments, but his true pride and joy were his children, Candace and Casey. During his illness, Randy was tenderly cared for by his children and ex-wife Pam of Arvada, CO who were by his side at the time of his passing.

Randy is survived by his mother and father; stepmother, Shaunae Cushing; brother, Rod R. Cushing (Deborah) whom he so admired; sister and best friend, Rochelle Cushing, all of Salt Lake City, UT. Randy also leaves behind a very large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and stepsiblings.

God saw you were getting tired

And a cure was not to be,

So he put His arms around you

And whispered, "Come with me."

With tearful eyes we watched you suffer

And saw you fade away.

Although we loved you dearly

We could not make you stay.

A "golden heart" stopped beating,

Working hands put to rest;

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Fri. Jan 11, 2002, Cottonwood Fourth Ward chapel, 5565 Neighbor Lane (1610 E), Salt Lake City, UT. Friends and family may gather one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Association in memory of Randy.

Gone but never forgotten.