Inspector James Olen Randolph, Jr.

Inspector James Olen Randolph, Jr.

Inyo County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 1979

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James Olen Randolph, Jr.

Inspector James Randolph was killed when the plane he was piloting on a search and rescue mission crashed into a ridge near Mildred Lake. A civilian rescue team member riding in the plane was also killed.

Inspector Randolph had served with the Inyo County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident, search and rescue

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Hi dad,

I love you. I was showing my friend Mark, pictures of your T-18. His dad was also a pilot. You would enjoy hanging out with Mark. He is totally into playing the guitar. He has a 12 string acoustic, and when he plays it, I can totally feel you.
Dad, I miss being able to hear your voice. I still hang out with you in dreams that I have. I love those dreams. We do not talk, but we laugh alot, go driving around, and go up to the blue eagle. When I wake up after those dreams, I am so happy that I got to hang out with you again.
The other day this guy came into my work and some how we got talking about you. He knew you. His dad is the one the had/has the morgue here in bishop. It was so fun telling stories about our childhood memories of hanging out while our fathers were working. I told him of the game I would play while I was waiting for you, where I would walk in to the coffin room (where the model coffin's were displayed at,) as far as I could, before I got so scared, I would have to run back out of there. Then I got thinking about the time there was a coffin in our van and you told Rene and me there was a dead lady in it, as you drove, and we rode down to lone pine, and when we got there, you opened the coffin, and holly $#!&- there was a dead lady in the coffin Rene and I still laugh about that. I was so young- proubly about 6 or 7 years old. It was awesome talking to someone that knew you and that place in the same crazy way I did.
Dad, I know you were doing exactly what you loved doing the day you passed on. I know it has been a lot of years since we've talked. My heart exploded that day. I absolutely did not want to believe what I was hearing I never expected you to vanish when I was 14 years old I want to see you. I want to hear your voice. I want to go flying with you. To go fishing with you. To introduce you to my children, my dogs, my friends. I tell my friends about you and the fun we had hanging out.
Ok dad, today is the day after Christmas, 2023. Just want to tell you I love you so so much. You are still here with me daily, always will be.
I love you dad,

Michelle Randolph, daughter
Daughter of officer

December 26, 2023

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