Submitted by his family
Randy Gene Utley‚ 30 years old‚ was a loving father‚ son and brother. He was always so full of life. He was killed on June 16‚ 2003‚ in a vehicle accident while responding to a call for the Grayson Fire Department.
Randy was a heating technician/inspector‚ carpenter‚ farmer‚ EMT and a volunteer firefighter. Even though he was so busy wiht all these things‚ he still found the time to help coach his son‚ David’s‚ soccer team. He and his son spent most of their free time together doing the things they enjoyed the most: hunting and fishing.
While serving on the fire department‚ he received the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award and then last December‚ after his death‚ his fellow coworkers chose him as the ‘Firefighter of the Year‚’ this plaque they gave to his son‚ in memory of his father.
He will always be remembered by family‚ friends and fellow coworkers for his smile and laughter. You just couldn’t be down and depressed when he was around. Some of his fellow firefighters tell us that every time he went into the station‚ he was always joking with one or more of the guys.
He would never talk or brag about anything he did. During the viewing at the funeral home‚ a lady told some of our family that Randy saved her little girl’s life. While he was putting a new heating system in her home‚ her little girl had a seizure‚ but Randy knew exactly what to do to help her. The mother called Randy her ‘hero’ because of his actions that day. Randy was always ready to help anyone in need – anytime‚ anywhere.
He is‚ and will always‚ be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.