Ralph "Randy" Raymond Crabtree

June 15, 1955April 19, 2017

Ralph (“Randy”) Crabtree

Mr. Randy Crabtree, 61, died suddenly on April 19, 2017. He was the son of the late Al and Winkie Crabtree and was born on June 15, 1955, in Jacksonville, Florida. Randy took after his father as a prominent real estate attorney in Jacksonville. He was a proud second generation attorney who practiced for over thirty (30) years in the North Florida area. He had a reputation unlike any other and was filled with life. He loved being on the water and was general counsel for the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) at its initiation. While early on in his law career, he met Phyllis Crabtree, and after 18 years of being together wed in June of 2014. Randy was also blessed with two children and one stepchild who always looked up to him as their rock. In the office, Randy was known as a gentle giant. He had a special way of speaking to clients and friends which gave them comfort in knowing that everything would be alright. He also had a bulldog side about him, but artistically managed to do it in the nicest fashion he could, which prompted opposing parties to agree with his side of the story more often than not. However, the most special thing about Randy was his character and infectious personality. Aside from the office, he was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer, and traveler. He ran his famous “Vamoose” boat in the SKA Pro Circuit where he traveled around the southeast and placed in multiple tournaments. His favorite tournament was always Nationals in Biloxi, MS, where we all know his focus was split between bringing in the biggest fish and spending the other half of his time in the casino playing blackjack and craps. As he transitioned from fishing, he became an avid golfer and excelled quickly. As a long time member of San Jose County Club, Randy won the Nick’s Cup in 2016 with teammate and great friend Bobby Jordan. In that same year, Randy also won San Jose’s coveted Member-Guest tournament with Clayton Kirkmeyer. He was competitive, but more importantly just an absolute joy to be around. Everyone seemed to know Randy and everyone had a great “story” to tell about him. He was the life of the party and he will truly be missed. Randy was more than a great attorney, he was a father, a husband, a brother, a grandfather ( Big Daddy), a friend, and a mentor to many.

Randy’s father (Al Crabtree), mother (Winkie Crabtree), and sister (Cathy Crabtree) preceded him in death. His joyful life will be forever cherished in the lives of his wife, Phyllis Crabtree; children, Chris Crabtree (Dani Denay Boles) and Ali Crabtree Chastain (Kevin); stepchildren, Deanna Higdon; grandchildren, Layla Chastain, Rylan Higdon, and Gunnar Higdon; sister and brother, Connie Crabtree Wiggins (Tom) and Chip Crabtree (Lori); two special men he loved like brothers, ( Howard Coker and David Green); and his countless nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family will receive friends and well-wishers from 5-7pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at The Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Chapel located at 4115 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32207. A Celebration of Randy’s Life will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:00am at The Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Chapel. To honor Randy and his love of golf, please wear your golf shirt. No ties or suits please In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Community Hospice of NE Florida or your favorite charity.

Please Sign the guestbook at HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ralph "Randy" Raymond Crabtree

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Karen Mathews Batton

June 10, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you Phyllis and the entire family. I
Just heard of your loss. Because I was a golf buddies(Stevie's) little sister Randy said that makes me like family. So as others have said on a couple of personal stressful ,tragic occassions in my life he was there to help and guide me. He was always kind and at the same time ready to pounce and be tough if it was needed. I know its a void that cannot be filled. I knew him for just a short time but that is all it took to know he was a kind man.
So so sorry for your loss Phyllis
& Randy's entire family and friends. I know he will be greatly missed.

scott edwards

June 3, 2017

goodbye old friend

Mark Foss

April 27, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. Randy was one of the first people I met when we came to Jacksonville. A true gentleman who became my attorney and friend. RIP Randy. God Bless and keep you.

Paul Larrabee

April 23, 2017

R.I.P. Randy, My condolences to the family.

Jim Akers

April 23, 2017

Randy was a one of a kind person that will be truly missed by all that knew him.

Lori Lordahl Bolen

April 23, 2017

My sincere condolences to Randy's family and friends. Randy was one of a kind - a sweet, kind, funny man with a big heart and an infectious smile. Heart-felt thoughts and prayers for all.

Carole Traynham

April 23, 2017

We were shocked and saddened to read of Randy's passing. Our condolences to Phyllis and the family.
Randy was a great guy and a wonderful attorney, who always made closings a delightful experience for everyone. He will be missed!
Carole Traynham and Noel Vivion.

Crystal Ann Baker (Ross)

April 23, 2017

God gave us all a gift when he carefully crafted Randy Crabtree. Some people have the ability to make a profound impact on others lives in both subtle and obvious ways. Randy was that man for so many- my self included. With his infectious personality, oversized heart, zeal for life and all things Florida Gators, fishing and golf he was a true joy to be around.
Words truly cannot adequately express my admiration for Randy. He was so much to so many people and I'm tremendously grateful for his beautiful life in this transient world.
Randy was open minded, inclusive, kind hearted, level headed, firm when necessary and always had a subtle way of imparting wisdom. He led by example. He was generous and thoughtful.
My fondest memory of Randy would have to be when he honored my request 8 years ago by accepting the invitation to officiate my much of what he said that day (and many years prior) has taken permanent residency in my head and heart. He will forever live in many of the fondest memories I have obtained.
My deepest and most sincere condolences are extended to his dearly departed Phyllis and family.
Glory to God for Randy! May he rest in Heavenly peace.

April 22, 2017

Our heartfelt condolences to you, Phyllis and the Families. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Michael & Barbara Dawes

Nicola Dilley

April 22, 2017

My heart goes out to you Phyllis and all the family. Randy was one of a kind, he always had a smile and time for everyone. He was so genuine and kind hearted. I am devistated, he was always so thoughful, he will be missed by many. Love and hugs