Randall "Randy" Joseph Doll
Randall "Randy" Joseph Doll, 56, was born May 5, 1950, and taken away too soon, on June 24, 2006, after a sudden, massive brain aneurysm. Randy died at Fairbanks (Alaska) Memorial Hospital with his family, fiancŽe and friends at his bedside.
A native of Port Washington, he graduated from Port Washington High School in 1969. Because of his creative mind Randy had many accomplishments in life. At an early age, Randy disassembled a brand new bike and rebuilt it with a motor, converting it to a motor bike without his parent’s approval. (Dad was really mad!) Randy built tree forts and then went on to larger things like boats and airplanes. He built his first airplane in his parent’s basement at the young age of 19.
After attending flight school, Randy proceeded to travel the country with a friend and his dog Spot in a 1940s Willy’s panel wagon that he had restored, which led him to Fairbanks in 1974. He worked as an airplane mechanic and then became a pilot, flying mail, fuel and supplies to small villages and for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Randy continued his creativity by rebuilding airplanes. One of Randy’s accomplishments was building a Veri-eze airplane in Wisconsin, which he transported to Alaska and finished in Fairbanks. He then flew the plane round trip from Fairbanks to Wisconsin.
In the late 1980s, Randy began his home-building career, constructing custom homes. He owned a locally respected company called SET Builders, where he was building a 22-home subdivision. Randy was an innovator, always on the cutting edge of building technology. He was one of the first builders to use Lite form foundations in the early 1990s and built homes using structural foam panels. His new subdivision, College Estates, is the first green-built project in Alaska.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, flying his Cessna 180, snowmachining, jet-skiing, boating, fishing and traveling to places such as Mexico and Australia.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Delores; and brothers, Jerry Jr. and Jim.
He is survived by his sons, Ryan and Justin of Fairbanks; father, Jerry of Port Washington; brothers, Tom of Grafton, Jeff (Christine) of Grafton and Mark (Jane) Doll of Port Washington; fiancŽe, Terry Griffin of Fairbanks; Bucky, his dog; nephews, nieces, cousins, other family members and numerous friends.
Randy was always trying to help people and continued to do so after his death by being an organ donor, which has already saved several lives.
A memorial service will be held at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave. in Port Washington on Sunday at 3 p.m. Inurnment will be next to his family in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, from 1-3 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Special Olympics Alaska Tanana Valley, P.O. Box 82425, Fairbanks, AK 99708.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.