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Eastern Sierra News for June 20, 2024





Bill Doc, Randol was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Park and Mary Randol on May 21, 1919. He died of natural causes on January 31.

Doc, graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1937 and attended Santa Monica Junior College through 1938. In 1939 he enrolled at UC Davis as an undergraduate. In 1941 Bill Randol went to work for Douglas Aircraft and also worked at the state Bureau of Plant Quarantine and Entomology. He was drafted in 1944 and received the Purple Heart award before being honorably discharged in April of 1946.

When he returned from Germany, he enrolled at Oregon State College where he received his BS. Randol was then accepted into the Veterinary program at UC Davis where he received his D.V.M. in 1954. He worked as a Veterinarian in Garden Grove and the Long Beach. Randol then opened his own practice, the Balboa Animal Hospital, in 1959. He sold the practice in 1977 and retired in 1980.

William Randol married Marguerite McCarty in 1942. They had three children together before she died in 1959. In July of 1960, Randol married Eleanor Broline in Newport Beach. In 1980 they both retired and moved to Mammoth Lakes so Randol could pursue his love of fly fishing. Doc became a legend and was known for the creation of the fly known as Docs Twin Lake Special.

He is survived by his wife Ellie, his children William H. Randol and wife Dianne; daughter Kathleen Johnson; and son Robert D. Randol and his wife Serena; his sister Marilee Ashworth; his brother-in-law, Warren McCarty; his sister-in-law, Sylvia Broline Norman; seven grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 12 nieces and nephews and several cousins.

A memorial service and celebration of Doc Randols life is scheduled for Friday February 6, at St. Josephs Church in Mammoth Lakes. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, Mammoth Lakes Friends of the Library or the American Heart Association.