Durango resident Randall Scott Chandler died of heart failure Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at his home. He was 49. Known as “Papa Redneck,” he was born to Robert and June Chandler on May 27, 1963, in Pasco, Wash. When he was an infant, the family moved from Pasco to the Denver area before moving to the Montrose and Olathe area. Mr. Chandler attended schools there, graduating from Olathe High School in 1981.
After high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed in various places, including, Okinawa, Japan, Camp Pendleton in San Diego and Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
On Aug. 13, 1983, he married Lori Brown in Montrose. The marriage later ended in divorce.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Mr. Chandler held various jobs before becoming an apprentice electrician. He became a journeyman’s apprentice in the Grand Junction area and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 969 union.
Mr. Chandler moved to Cortez, where he met his future wife, Pamela Skidmore. The couple later moved to Durango and married here in 2009.
Mr. Chandler enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and the company of his family, taking pride in taking care of them, his family said. An avid Denver Broncos fan, he claimed to be a J.R.R. Tolkien “geek” as well as knowing many facts about C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” book series. He dabbled in various hobbies but thoroughly enjoyed his red lawn tractor and playing video games.
Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife, Pamela Chandler of Durango; sons Timothy Skidmore of Durango and Kevin Chandler and Justin Chandler, both of Montrose; daughters Jennifer Skidmore of Grand Junction and Evelyn Skidmore of The Dalles, Ore.; parents, Robert “Bob” and June Chandler, of Montrose; grandmother Evelyn Ross of Montrose; and four grandchildren.
Cremation will occur. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.