Randy was born in Oxnard, California on October 8, 1929, the youngest of 3 siblings. He lived in Santa Paula & Berkeley, CA as a child and graduated from Albuquerque High School.
Randy attended the University of Colorado on a Naval ROTC scholarship, after which he began his naval career as an aviator. Randy flew the Douglas A3D "Skywarrior" and told many tales of harrowing aircraft carrier take-offs and landings.
Randy married Jean Malcolm in 1953, and together they raised 2 children. Randy's duty station changed frequently and, Oak Harbor WA, Ventura & Coronado CA, Guam, Hawaii (2 times), McLean VA, and Rockville MD were all called home for a period.
Upon Randy's first deployment to Hawaii, he was attached to the CINCPACFLT staff and never again served at sea away from his family.
After 31 years in the Navy, Randy retired in 1984 at age 55, and at the rank of Captain.
Randy and Jean were both world travelers, introducing a love of travel and cultural learning to their children and grandchildren. Following retirement, they acquired a VW 'Westy' camper van and spent an extended time in Europe. On that trip they traveled to the top of Norway, saw the invasion beaches of France, wound their way through Yugoslavia, Romania, Greece, and Turkey, made a side trip to Egypt, came back through Italy and southern France, and ended in Spain. Other camping trips saw them driving throughout the U.S., heading up the Al-Can Highway to Alaska, and down through Mexico into Belize and Guatemala. Beyond that, Randy and Jean explored countries on all continents and far-away islands - it was their passion.
At home in Hawaii, Randy gave back to his community: as a member of the Honolulu Symphony board of directors, a crisis hotline volunteer, tax preparation for those in need, and a docent at the Pacific Aviation Museum. He and wife Jean are proud scholarship donors supporting students at Kapi'olani Community College and the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, as well as friends of the UH Manoa Institute for Astronomy, and supporters of the Center for Aerospace Education at the Windward Community College. He completed the Honolulu Marathon 3 times.
Throughout his life, Randy made and treasured many lasting friendships. Along with his family, those were the most important things in his life.
Randy Jaycox is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Trudy, son Jeff (wife Karen), and grandchildren Brendan, Colette, and Adrian.
Randy's ashes will be spread at sea, and his life memorialized with a marker at Punchbowl Cemetery.
Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC