January 14, 1947 - November 26, 2017 - Randy G. Hinson, age 70, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 26 in Redmond.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Randy G. HinsonRandy G. Hinson, age 70, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 26 in Redmond.

Family, friends and others whose lives were touched by Randy are invited to the Prineville Funeral Home, 199 NE 10th St., at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 to celebrate his life. The family will greet friends after the service at the reception center in Prineville Funeral Home.

Randy was the oldest of six children. He was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Richland, Washington, to Jack and Gladys Hinson. Randy was a 1965 graduate of Columbia High School. He married Jan G. in 1967, in Richland, and they later had his only child, Reanna P. (Hinson) DuBois.

Randy joined the Navy in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1970. Randy traveled the North and Southwest for many years, working various jobs and doing volunteer work, such as with Wolf Haven International, which was very near and dear to his heart. It was there where he was chosen to go to Washington, D.C., to help argue the beneficial nature of the wild wolves before lawmakers who were considering their reintroduction back into the West. Randy took great pride in his work with Wolf Haven.

Ultimately, he made Prineville his home where he retired in 2014 from the Bureau of Land Management as a biological science technician.

In his early years, you could rarely find Randy without a baseball glove on, as he had a great love for the sport, and played it well. Not many could say that they pitched against the great "Say Hey" kid, Willie Mays, but Randy could. At 13, his team earned a trip to a baseball camp at Candlestick Park, where he struck out the Hall of Famer with his Hinson "Drop Ball." The story goes, Willie looked at him and simply said, "Where'd that come from?" Randy continued playing baseball on various teams and with the Navy, finally hanging his glove up to move into the next season of his life.

Randy spent much of his time in the great outdoors, which inspired his great love for poetry and writing. Randy continued spending time working with animals, even training Greyhounds at one point. Some called him the animal whisperer.

Randy had a gentle, quiet spirit that drew people to him, and when you got to know him, you discovered that he was quiet because he was a great listener, or in most cases, preparing a witty comeback. He had a giggle like no other that will forever be remembered by his friends and loved ones. It didn't matter where Randy was on his journey, he made lifelong friends that he cherished along the way. He was an inspiration to many, and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Reanna P. DuBois (Wayne); grandchildren, Austin G. Paxton, Emily R., Carson J. and Gabe M. DuBois; siblings, Linda (Hinson) Goold, Tom Hinson, Billy Hinson and Kris Hinson; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a donation link has been set up in his memory at Wolf Haven International in the drop down you will find "IMO Randy Hinson."

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