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“Cadillac” Jack Randolph Passed on June 10, 2021

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Jack Wayne Randolph • June 26, 1929 - June 10, 2021

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Jack Wayne Randolph, known as “Cadillac Jack”, a 42-year resident of Phelan, CA, died peacefully at home in Victorville at the age of 91 surrounded by his loved ones. 

Jack was born in Plymouth, Indiana to Franklin and Carolyn Randolph.  At 15, Jack gave up a formal education to work in the oil fields with his father to help make ends meet.  In his early 20’s he found a knack for sales, in particular, vacuum cleaners. Selling door to door for many years before opening a distributorship in Northern Ohio.

He had five children and adopted two, Randy Randolph (deceased), Debra Randolph (68), William Randolph (68), Robert Randolph (66), Steven Randolph (64), Laura Radebaugh (62), Jack Wayne Randolph Jr. (60). 

 In 1961 Jack moved to California and he became a Kirby distributor in Pomona, CA.  In 1974, he met his current wife, Amalia (Molly) A’Hearn Randolph and married her in 1975.  They had three children, Holly Randolph (Lyons) (38), Victor Randolph (35), Heidi Randolph (Van Patten) (34). 

Together they opened numerous vacuum stores throughout the ‘70s in and around the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley area.  In 1979 Jack & Molly moved to Phelan with a goal of building their own house.  Jack and his son Steven opened the Piñon Hills Trading Post. He then relocated the business to Phelan and renamed it Country Variety Store.  In 1986 Jack finished building their house, known as the “Rope House” and “The House That Jack Built” at Phelan and Randolph Roads.  He retired at the age of 85.  Jack made a lasting impression on the lives of his family, friends, customers, and mere strangers, too.  He was always willing to help someone in need.  He will be remembered for his love of Christ and desire to spread the word.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Molly, his children, his 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  A celebration of life was held in Apple Valley, CA on June 22, 2021.              

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