Randall E. Longton
Birth Date: February 1, 1960
Death Date: June 6, 2018
Born at St Vincent’s Hospital in New York City on 2/1/1960, Randall (later to be known as Rex) , was introduced to music before he was able to take his first step by his late father, Marvin Longton, and his fanatical love and enthusiasm for all things jazz; later, spirited discussions about politics, justice and history followed, inspiring Randall’s lifelong love studying history. Randall grew up in Brooklyn, later in his teens living in northern CA, and then a detour back to NY. Randall then spent many, many years of his adult life in Florida before returning to CA in late 2005 to assist with the care of his beloved godfather, Richard Kollin.
Randall was dedicated to the art & craft of drumming, practicing was ritual. Playing was his joy; he played with a number of different bands, formal and informal, and in almost every musical genre from heavy metal, to punk to rock & roll, to his much-loved jazz, and as a professional, he brought a level of incredible skill and precision to each…demanding the best of himself and those he played with.
Randall had an indomitable spirit and refused to give up; he endured a very long battle with cancer and its unfortunate reoccurrence in August of 2017. From his first encounter in 2008, to the end in 2018, rather than be defined by this disease, he lived his life to the fullest despite all the odds.
Quite by chance, Randall met his match, soul mate and future wife, Genevieve in late 2006. She, intrigued by this man, was immediately struck by his spirit and energy, style and 1000 watt smile…all quite larger than life. They married in late 2009 in Oakland, CA.
Many will mourn his passing, and he is survived by his mother Denzil Sol, sisters Thekla Santone, Fidele Wolf and Susan Longton. Nieces Melissa and Thea, nephews Cameron and Angelo, daughter Aja Longton, granddaughter Abrielle Boyar and his beloved wife, Genevieve Jackson-Longton and other relatives and friends.
He leaves a legacy of music, art, love and generosity of spirit will live on in the hearts of all those he touched.
He will be forever cherished and missed. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society, or any charity of your choice in Randall’s memory.