Randy Joseph

Baker County

Randy Joseph died May 27, 2020, at his Baker County home, surrounded by his family and caring first responders.

There will be a celebration of his life involving The Channel Cats, pyrotechnics, grassfed beef, chocolate chip cookies, and Barley Brown’s beer later this summer.

At the age of 69, Randy had exceeded his own estimated life expectancy. In fact, based on both his father’s and grandfather’s deaths at the age of 58, “The Last Birthday Party” was held at the old Mad Matilda’s in October of 2008.

Randy leaves behind a legacy of woodworking that is visible all over the United States in fine homes and businesses, including Baker City Hall and the new Sweet Wife Baking building. He will be remembered most for his stubbornness, wit, work ethic, and dedication to improving his community; all of which are evident in his 2011 achievement of building one of the only locally owned wind farms in the nation. While some might say that he left a lot unfinished, those projects are outweighed by the incredible amount of work he accomplished in his lifetime.

Randy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; his three children: Jenny, Loran, and Wade; and his four grandchildren: Jack, Annalee, Miles and Brooke.

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paedwards

Jim and I just received word of the passing of Randy Joseph. We live in Lorane, Oregon and knew Randy and Linda when they lived here. I am including information on Randy in my two weekly newspaper columns in the "Fern Ridge Review" and the "Creswell Chronicle" that will appear next week, and would like to share it here.

Fern Ridge Review

Creswell Chronicle

Sweet Lorane Community News

June 18, 2020

By Pat Edwards

This past week, a friend, Jane Hart, sent me a copy of an obituary out of Baker County, Oregon's newspaper. It told of the passing of Randy Joseph, a former resident of Lorane who is probably remembered by many in the area for the beautiful woodwork and buildings he crafted around the area. He lived on Ham Road on a portion of the former 7-R Ranch which he later sold to Greg and Tracey Weiss who raised and trained there their wonderful Lippizan horses of the Coyote Ridge Dressage for many years. When Tracey and Greg built their dressage arena, replicating the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, Randy was one of the three Lorane craftsman who contributed their special touches to the building.

Randy was an active participant in many Lorane projects and events while he lived here, including the 1987 Lorane Centenniel where he organized a draft horse-pulling contest. He also brought his beautiful team and wagon to other events where he offered horse-drawn wagon rides.

According to his obit, after leaving Lorane to live on his ranch in Baker County, he built one of the only locally-owned wind farms in the nation. He left a legacy of woodworking not only in Lane and Baker counties, but all over the U.S., as well. Some of that mentioned in the obit in Eastern Oregon included the Baker City Hall and the Sweet Wife Baking building in Baker City.

An interesting note included in his obit that I personally did not know about Randy was that when he passed on May 27 this year at the age of 69, he had more than exceeded his own estimated life expectancy. Both his father and grandfather died at the age of 58, so when Randy’s 57th birthday rolled around in 2008, he celebrated what he called his “Last Birthday Party” with friends and family. We are all so glad that he beat the odds.

Our condolences go out to Randy’s wife Linda and their three adult children, Jenny, Loren (the current mayor of Baker City) and Wade.

Jim and Pat Edwards (Lorane Family Store)

Dean Baxter

Dear Linda and family, I was so sad to learn of Randy's passing. I have so many fun memories of meeting with both of you there at your home and in the office. You just felt like family to me. I know one of the great accomplishments of his life was getting the wind generators up and running. Who but you and Randy would persevere for so long, overcoming so many obstacles and then Win!!!!! I hope you and the kids are doing well. Dawnie and I now live in St George Utah where we moved right after I retired. If you get down this way let us know and we would love to get to visit. May the Lord bless, comfort and watch over you at this hard time.

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