Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 7, 2014
Randall Koplitz

Obit Randall Koplitz ARandall Norman Koplitz passed away due to a massive head injury after a fall on Jan. 3, 2014. Randy leaves behind his wife, Tena, children, Sunshine (David) Price, and Kalan; grandchildren, Jessica, Crystal, Alexis and Kinlee; mother, Patricia; siblings, Rick (Kris), Rita, Roger, Rodney (Dawn), Ramona (John) Weiler, Roy and Ralph (Jan); along with many other in laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family. Obit Randall Koplitz BRandy was preceded in death by his father Melvin and countless others. Randy served as Physical Security Specialist until his retirement. Randy was a mountain man, outdoorsman, fisherman, gun smith, and was honorably discharged from the Army. Randy was also known as Den mother, mother, Bucket and Dude. If you were privileged to have known Randy, you may have learned many things from him. He had a knack for turning junk into useful items. Turn a satellite dish into a bird feeder or make a gun rack out of long nails and felt for one’s closet. Randy had a big heart that showed in his actions: taking food to the neighbors, baking cookies for the mail lady and go yard selling looking for potential in items, refinish them and then if he couldn’t sell them, give them away to someone in need, shovel others driveways and take people treats. Other lessons: Turn serious situations into humor, go on long walks, hug your family goodnight every night, when the doctors tell you that you have terminal cancer fight because you are strong willed and a fighter, (He was a Koplitz after all!). Plant a garden yep go ahead and plant potatoes in with the flowers, clean the kitchen before going to bed, snore loud so that the family knows you are sleeping well or because a loud constant noise can be soothing. As for kids and grandkids: Teach them to fish, have snowball fights, make snowmen, and shoot down your Christmas tree with a shot gun and play. Be patient, but offer a trunk or closet to put them in if needed (no he never actually did it). Love animals but show it by calling them insulting names and threaten to get rid of them in a soft loving tone while petting them. Call people you love nick names too. Name calling can be a term of endearment. Light up when you see your family and friends. Find humor in someone doing something “stupid” even if it’s a little illegal and be happy you are not the person caught being “stupid.” Send your kids $20 with a note that says “in case of rain” and nothing else. Be there for a friend in time of need, and then go back to your beer. Charm the ladies, and once you let people in they will know you are not just the strong silent type-but that you are AMAZING! Randy was witty, humorous, insightful, caring and loved his family. He will be greatly missed! As per his wishes there will be no service and he will be cremated. Services under the direction of Tate Mortuary.

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