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Obituary of James Randall Thornton

James Randall Thornton passed away unexpectedly at 7:01 p.m. on May 18, 2016 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 69.

Services will be arranged in the future, both in Grass Valley and in San Gabriel, where he will be laid to rest alongside his parents.

J. Randall was born on April 25, 1947 in Southern California to Milton and Ruth Thornton. The family relocated to Monterey, the Oakland Hills and Sacramento before returning to San Gabriel, where Randall graduated from high school. He returned to Sacramento to complete his bachelor’s degree at CSU Sacramento in marketing.

He was a pet lover since childhood and adored his numerous cats and dog, Aberdeen. Music was very important throughout his life, nurtured by his father’s singing and ukulele tunes and his time as a DJ hosting his own radio show. A member of the Sacramento Capitol CA’s, Randall was a Model A. Ford enthusiast. His love of fine food and wine encouraged his gardening successes.

Randall was a very strong and determined person who overcame great obstacles. He sustained a TBI in 1976 due to a car accident and learned to walk, talk, laugh and love again. He was known for his quick wit, loyalty and the ability to break into song at a moments notice. He was so happy when he realized his dream of living in the Gold Country.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Thomson of Grass Valley and many loving friends who touched his life deeply. Jill and Randall had just celebrated their 10th anniversary and five days later he was in God’s arms.

An only child, Randall was preceded in death by his parents; many aunts; uncles; and cousins.

Although Randall loved gardening for veggies and flowers, he would appreciate contributions to be made to your local cancer/hospice center and/or animal protection/support agencies, if you are able. Prayers are always welcome.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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