Randall Marquardt “randok”
1959 - 2004
"The final frontier – Make it so!"
up an army brat around missile bases and later Kennedy Space Center,
Randy’s dream was to travel into space. However, his greatest
challenge was here on earth: He was born with an hereditary illness,
Cystic Fibrosis. Due to the triumph of his human spirit, he was
one of the oldest living Cystic Fibrosis patients at the age of
45. Randy, with all his difficulties, strived to live as normal
a life as possible.
As he was growing up, he competed with his friends, of which
he had many, in flag football, little league and tennis. He was
an excellent dancer and often was given full possession of the
floor. Everyone knew of his illness but he never complained or
used it to his advantage.
During school he excelled, always on the Honor Roll – and
one of Satellite High School’s highest scorers on the SAT.
He belonged to the astronomy club, German club and the debate
club, which with his help took 20 trophies of 21 at a State Meet.
He longed to follow his friends into one of the military academies,
but due to his illness he never realized that dream. However,
he graduated cum laude from Florida Southern College
with a degree in accounting and was self-employed as a tax accountant
and financial planner.
As Randy’s illness progressed, he never lost his spunk.
He read and researched medical books and information, oftentimes
consulting and enlightening the doctors to effective treatments
for him. His doctors had great admiration for him and his knowledge
about CF and diabetes.
As time went on, his illness began to take a great toll on his
strength. He was limited in his physical activities and his computer
and big screen TV became his trusted friends. He became a master
at the computer and expanded his world and knowledge through it.
His favorite shows were Law and Order, West Wing,
Jeopardy and Star Trek. His favorite minds were
Sagan, Hawking, Jean Luc-Picard , Tuvok and Spock. His favorite
movie was Gattaca, as it was a reflection of his life.
His alter name was randok, a Vulcan. He said he lived long and
prosperous because he lived by logic and reason, which accounts
for the fact he was undefeated in the game of trivia, even when
we grouped many minds against his. Randy was very human at times:
caring, helpful and loving; and then at times he was very introspective.
Randy was special.
“For someone who was never meant for this world, I must
confess I’m suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course
they say every atom of our body was once part of a star. Maybe
I’m not leaving. Maybe I’m going home.” —
“Make it so, randok!”