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Randall "Randy" Kidd (Plainview)

April 28, 1947 — June 10, 2023

Randall "Randy" Kidd (Plainview)

Randall Bee Kidd (Randy), 76, passed away in Plainview, Texas on June 10, 2023. He was a current resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. Under direction of Kornestone Funeral Directors of Plainview, Texas, Randy’s wishes were to be cremated and buried alongside his three sons and parents. Randy also requested no formal funeral service. A celebration of life will occur at a later date.

Randy was born on April 28, 1947 in Plainview, Texas, son of Bee N. Kidd and Mary Helen Alexander Kidd. He graduated from Plainview Highschool in 1965. Randy was active in high school playing football and running track. Randy also earned his Eagle Scout achievement as well as attended the 50th National Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he traded horned toads with other participants. After high school, Randy attended Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

During his college years, in 1968, Randy joined the Army, electing to follow his father’s footsteps. Randy was transferred to Vietnam that same year. While serving, Randy volunteered for long-range reconnaissance patrol work and was promoted to sergeant. He was made team leader of a long-range reconnaissance patrol, airborne rangers, and services in the combat intelligence for the 4th Infantry Division. All members of his team were injured on October 15, 1968 while on a mission. His entire unit was awarded the Gallantry Cross with silver palm from the government of South Vietnam. Randy was a recipient of the bronze star for the event. Randy also received the Purple Heart. Randy served two tours in the Army.

His career in banking took him from Lubbock to Plainview then Austin to Phoenix. During this time, Randy married his first wife, Nancy. Together, the couple had three sons, Ryan, Jonathan, and Miles. Randy dearly loved his boys and appreciated each of their own unique talents and personalities.

Randy’s banking career took him to Las Vegas.  It was in Las Vegas that Randy married Joanne Wagner Fairchild. Together, they built “El Rancho Kiddo” their current home in which Randy retained his Texas roots and proudly raised a very large Texas flag to wave across the ranch.

As an adult, Randy was a trained pilot and enjoyed flight. In 2005, Randy successfully landed his powerless, single-engine plane on at Phoenix Interstate during rush hour. Randy sustained a serious injury during the landing resulting in loss of part of his leg. Unfortunately, the wing of the plane was hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer while coming to a stop. Randy’s humor about his disability and prosthetic leg was the pun of his many jokes.

Randy’s love of collecting classic cars and tools is what kept him busy in his garage. On the ranch, Randy and his wife also raised donkeys, mules, horses, dogs, and cats and loved them all dearly. Randy enjoyed listening to country music and named his pets after Willie and Waylon. Over the years, Randy remained in close contact with his many high school friends, telling stories, and sharing memories.

Randy is survived by his wife, his sister, Marilyn Kidd of Waukee, Iowa; his nephew Devin Holley (Jessica) and family of Clive, Iowa; Christopher Fairchild (Seana) and family of Omaha, Nebraska; Andrew Fairchild (Sara) and family of Alva, Florida; and Matthew Fairchild (Natalia) and family of Lawrence, Kansas; as well as a granddaughter, Millie, residing in Michigan.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, and his three sons, Ryan Matthew Kidd, Jonathan Todd Kidd, and Miles Randall Kidd.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to your local animal shelter or animal rescue services.

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