Born Randolph James Viers, Aug. 17, 1944, to parents Ray and Marjorie Viers in North Hollywood, California, Randy died Dec. 10, 2018, at Hospice House in Tacoma surrounded by his loving family and dear friends, following a brief battle with liver disease.
Randy grew up in Riverside, California, where he attended Catholic school. A professional musician from age 15, he recorded with The Routers and The Marketts in the 1960s and starred in the 1964 movie “Surf Party.”
By 1974 Randy and his wife Marlyce moved their family to the Key Peninsula. He later directed and produced at Channel 13-KTVW, where he hosted “Rock-a-Go-Go” and played drums with many local and famous musicians on both sides of the bridge. He loved playing worship music with his sons in local churches. His musical career came full circle in 2015 when he was honored with an award for his contributions to the creation of instrumental surf.
Ordained as a minister in 1978, Randy officiated over 100 weddings, baptisms and several funerals. He literally baptized and married generations of families.
Randy earned his Bachelor of Science in 2002 and his master’s degree in chemical dependency counseling in 2004. He began working in the field in 1993 and retired from Olalla Guest Lodge in 2012 as director of clinical operations. Randy went on to work as a counselor and case manager for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs in Retsil, retiring in 2015. He accepted the position of mentor coordinator with the Veterans Treatment Court in Kitsap County and retired permanently a year later in 2016.
Randy loved helping people and was an active volunteer for many years. He volunteered on the Peninsula Work Release–Department of Corrections; the Olympic College Advisory Board; Key Peninsula Community Accountability Board–Department of Corrections; Key Peninsula Crime Prevention Committee; Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club; the Association of Alcohol Professionals; and Hope Recovery Center.
Randy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marlyce, three sons, Greg, Jimmie (Debi) and Gary (Lorraine); six grandchildren, Marty, Sandy, Amy, Molly, Zildjian and Sabian; four great grandchildren, Sebastian, Aurora, Mabel and Brandon; eight siblings, Ray, Dennis (Kris), Renee (Dennis), Kathy (Joe), Patty (Jim), Michael (Suzanne), Coleen, Mark; and numerous nieces and nephews plus extended family.
There will be a celebration of Randy’s life at the KP Civic Center in Vaughn July 27 at 1 p.m. Please join us to honor his memory.