Randy Nygaard

April 17, 1962June 17, 2020
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Randy Nygaard passed away unexpectedly at his home in Alpine on June 17th, 2020. He was 58 years old. Randy was born in Salinas, CA, the son of Verna and LeRoy Nygaard. In 1984, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Lutheran University with a degree in Physical Education. He was proud of playing football all four years of college and of working for the Dallas Cowboys at their training camps. In 1986, Randy received his Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from USC. Shortly thereafter, he began working as a Physical Therapist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Randy helped develop a cardiac conditioning program and the SGH total joint program. More recently, Randy assumed the duties of rehab therapy software education and development and provided technical support for outpatient services at all Sharp facilities. Although he truly enjoyed this work, his greatest passion was treating his patients. He loved getting to know them and helping them get better. Even when they were in pain, he could somehow manage to get them to smile.

Randy's pride and joy was his daughter, Ali. He coached Ali's soccer teams for many years and spent some time as the Field Coordinator on the board of the Alpine AYSO. After Ali moved on to high school and water sports, Randy chronicled the games and teams in photos and Shutterfly sites. He was very proud that she is a rising senior at UCSB.

Randy loved God, his family, and his many dogs and cats. He enjoyed binge watching Law and Order with Ali and had seen Con Air, Point Break, and Tombstone more times than we care to count. Randy said living on his hill with his chows, night vision goggles, and cross bow made him ready for any Zombie Apocalypse. He was also inordinately proud of his twelve year perfect attendance pin at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. And he would never say no to Sunday brunch. Randy is survived by Ali, his father, LeRoy, his sister Marla (Tom) McGregor, and many nieces and nephews. He was loved by those who knew him and will be missed by all. A celebration of Randy's life is planned for April 17th, 2021.

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  • Alexandra Lois Nygaard, Daughter
  • Leroy Alvin Nygaard, Father
  • Verna Jean Nygaard, Mother (deceased)
  • Maria McGregor (Tom), Sister


17 April

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

684 South Mollison Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020


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Gregory Magruder

April 16, 2021

Karen and I send our prayers and love. We pray that this celebration of Randy's life will bring deep peace and abiding love. Randy loved Ali dearly. May the Lord bring to mind all the precious moments you shared and grant to you his abiding comfort.

Mitch Ronning

April 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to Ally and the rest of the family.
Randy and I were roommates are freshman and sophomore years at California Lutheran. He was a great guy and I have nothing but fond memories of him. Sorry we lost touch over the years.
Randy was the first one to introduce me to the career of physical therapy and I am grateful to him for that. It is profession we both loved.
Lots of great college memories. Lots of laughs.
I’ll always remember him doing the Caddy shack gopher dance and listening to the Gap Band - Burn Rubber On Me.(LOL)
Rest in peace buddy - Mitch Ronning

Vanessa Tipon Figuero

July 31, 2020

All of us at Sports Medicine will miss Randy so much. He was a wonderful person. Sending condolences to his family.

Lisa Folz

July 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to Randy's family and close friends. I have only good memories of Randy in our time working together for over 20 years as physical therapists at Sharp. Randy was always approachable, helpful, friendly, and willing to share his wealth of knowledge. I will miss our chats. Rest in peace Randy.

Shani Padilla

July 23, 2020

Randy was a wonderful giving man. He always took the time to help whenever needed and always made sure the job was done right. He would often let me have his parking spot because he saw I was in a hurry to get into work. Randy was very kind and selfless. He will truly be missed!

Pamela Swen-Romero

July 22, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Ally and the rest of Randy's family. It was a pleasure to work with Randy and he is truly missed. He invested himself in those around him, both patients and co-workers. He loved being Ally's dad, and always had stories to share about her accomplishments, hopes and dreams. May you be encouraged to know he was so very proud of you. God Bless.

Linda Maria

July 21, 2020

Randy was a great co-worker and a good friend. So many happy memories of sharing funny stories together at work. He had a big laugh and it made me want to laugh with him. Randy was a very caring person and he enjoyed being a physical therapist and working with people. He was so outgoing and friendly and he could talk to anybody! He will be missed by his work family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ali and his family members.