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Randle M. "Randy" Hurst ( Missoula 1954 )

posted: Feb 28, 2003

Randy Hurst, 73, passed away February 23, 2003 in Oklahoma City of complications from hernia surgery. His wife, Juanita Hurst, sons David and Anthony and stepsons, Jim and Bill Patton, survive him.

Randy served his country proudly in the Korean War earning several medals. He jumped at Missoula from 54-56 and 58-62 with 109 jumps. After graduating from the Univ. of Oklahoma with a degree in geology, he taught for 15 years in Fresno, Calif. Randy was working as a security guard for the Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation at the time of his death.

Randy loved smokejumping more than any occupation that he held. He authored The Smokejumpers in 1963 dedicated �to every smokejumper who has ever cracked a chute over the Gila N.F.�. He continued to write and portions of a manuscript on his Korean War experiences were included in Disaster In Korea by Roy Appleman.

His son, David Hurst, would like to hear from any smokejumper friends or acquaintances who might wish to relate a story about jumping with Randy. You can contact David at: or at 1315 Fremont Ave, Clovis, CA 93612.