Randall (Randy) Harry Silva “The Gentle Giant” passed away at his home in Colusa, May 25, 2022.
Randy was born in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 18, 1956, to Lionel and Jean Silva.
He graduated from Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan. in 1975, where he played the trumpet in the band for four years.
Randy served our country in the United States Marines for four years and received honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant. While in the Marines he studied engineering and electronics at the University of Hawaii. He also received a certificate of training from the United States Air Force, and was awarded expert medals in both pistols and rifle marksmanship.
After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to San Jose working in Silicon Valley as an electrical engineer with various computer companies while attending Mission College. Randy married his wife Kimberly Rockwell Silva on June 27, 1994, at the Chapel of the Bells in Reno, Nevada. They lived in San Jose for 11 years and later retired in Colusa in June 2005. Their 28th wedding anniversary would have been on June 27, 2022.
Randy enjoyed deer hunting with his friends, Dennis Hale and Randy Marshall in the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake County, Calif. His hobbies included singing in the church choir at Hillside Free Evangelical Church in San Jose, playing computer games especially with Hal Hoge, reading Tom Clancey novels, doing crosswords puzzles and sudoku. Collecting miniature railroad trains was his pride and joy.
While in Colusa he was a sound mixer for the bands Duane Patton Leatha and Evolution performing at the Colusa Casino. He also enjoyed mixing sound at the Colusa County Fair for Jeff Poppinga, Kaylee Star and the Dunlap Country Band. He also mixed with his friend George Robles and with various other Northern California bands. The very first band he had a mixing gig with was Steve McCoy and David Apodaca for the Christian band Voyce.
Randy was a member of Colusa Friends of Music with Mike Phenicie and Brian Bassett.
Randy is survived by his loyal cat Patti who never left his side at the end. Surviving family members include his wife Kimberly Michelle Silva, sisters Debbie Hickey, Raelene (Gary) Reeves, brothers Rick Silva and Bob Herdman, a stepbrother Tom (Cindy) Abinante, nephews and nieces Matthew, Ashly, Brittney, and Tyler Abinante, Lisa, Michael and Katie Silva, plus other numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Mother and father-in-law are Rick and Joan Rockwell and brother-in-law Richard Rockwell.
The Silva and Rockwell families would like to thank everyone for their condolences during their time of loss, and would like to thank the Colusa Police Department, County Sheriff’s Office, fire departments, McNary Moore Funeral Service, and all the first responders for their kindness and professionalism while supporting Randy. The family would also like to thank the lady dispatcher for being awesome as were all first responders.
There will be a private family service at a later date. ■
PUBLISHED 08/18/2022 • COLUSA COUNTY PIONEER REVIEW #2022-0792