Randy Blake Agla, 74, peacefully passed away on February 3, 2023, at his home in Orem, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Randy was born January 27, 1949, in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Iva Pearl Morris and Blake Arthur Agla. Randy was an only child. He spent his childhood in and around Detroit during the peak of the automobile boom. Both his parents worked for Ford Motor Company. During this time, Randy developed a life-long love of cars. He spent many summers at his grandmother’s home in Comber, Ontario, Canada where he made the best memories of his childhood.
Randy moved to Kingman, Arizona at the age of 10, where he finished his schooling and graduated from Kingman High School in 1967. He was known for driving fast cars and being a prankster while in high school. The summer after graduation he met Gayle Gross, the girl that would become his sweetheart and eternal companion. They were married in Kingman, Arizona on August 10, 1968, and were later sealed in the Provo Temple in 1979. Together they raised 5 children. They moved to Utah in 1978 and purchased their home in Orem in 1979. They lived in that house together, in the Lakeridge 5th ward, for 44 years. Randy was as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was very proud of his church service where he served in several callings, including as a building coordinator, Elder’s Quorum Secretary and as ward clerk for 21 years. He was a well-loved friend and neighbor in the ward and enjoyed taking time to chat with everyone.
Randy spent most of his career working in grocery and grocery management. He was a hard worker who almost never took a sick day. He was very proud of his long tenure at Smith’s Food and Drug, where he had worked for 37 years at retirement. There, he made countless friends both with co-workers and regular customers. He was admired by many for his friendly demeanor with customers and peacemaking ability as a manager. Several of his children and grandchildren would also go on to work for Smiths.
Randy will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Gayle, and his 5 children and their spouses, Lori (Kevin), Ron (Kimberly), Tim (Sidreis), Justin (Jennifer) and Kari (Joel). He is also survived by his 20 grandchildren, 3 grandchildren-in-law and 1 great-grandchild.
A viewing for family and friends will be held on Monday, February 13, 2023, from 6-8 pm at the LDS church located at 950 South 50 East in Orem. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 11:00 am at the same location with a viewing held that morning from 9:30 am-10:30 am prior to the services. The burial will take place after the service at the Orem Cemetery.
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