Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29Th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Stuart "Randy" Randall Vanderhurst Jr.

February 20, 1940September 7, 2019

It is with sorrowful hearts that we announce the passing of Stuart Randall “Randy” Vanderhurst Jr. on September 7th, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. He was diagnosed with “nasty” pneumonia and a “bad malignancy.” Although he gave it a helluva fight, he died surrounded by his family.

Randy was born in San Francisco on February 20th, 1940, and grew up loving life in the Bay Area. He graduated from Carlmont H.S. in San Carlos in 1957. His post high school endeavors included junior colleges and completing his education at the University of California Davis, where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

In 1962, he met Charlotte Anne Lund. Realizing they were better together, they got married on June 20th, 1964. The following year, he graduated from veterinary school and went into practice in Northern California. He continued practicing until he was drafted during the Vietnam War, where he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Randy was stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. He received the Army Commendation Medal for developing the Army’s formal veterinary technician program. Randy’s teaching career continued at State University of New York Delhi where he helped establish the first ever Veterinary Technology Program in the country.

In 1973 the Vanderhurst family moved to Carbondale. Randy was excited to become the Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Colorado Mountain College. He infused his teaching with innovation, humor, and creativity for hundreds of students. The program was so successful and was one of the top programs in the country for many years. From ferrets and foxes to llamas and lions to peacocks and pug dogs, Dr. Van treated them all.

Randy was a lifelong learner. In 1983, he and his family lived in New Zealand for a year, while he attended Massey University and was awarded a Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Science. He read thousands of books, studied the Civil War, loved photography, learned Spanish, took several writing workshops, played the guitar and harmonica, and studied all the countries he visited.

After retirement, Randy shifted gears. He had a fun time tending bar at the Black Nugget, was a proud City Councilman and eventually became the Mayor of Carbondale. He loved being a veterinarian and continued this passion by owning and operating a mobile veterinary clinic. He helped launch Senior Matters in 2006, and during the last 8 years, Randy was an animated storyteller with Spellbinders for the elementary schools in Carbondale.

Randy loved the times he was able to see the world. Retirement allowed his sense of adventure to explode as he traveled throughout a majority of the United States as well as Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Galapagos, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Caribbean Islands, Tonga, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, China, Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Tanzania.

With all of his educational and professional accomplishments, Randy’s proudest was his 55-year marriage to Charlotte.

He was preceded in death by his father Stuart, his mother Jackie, and his brother Russ.

Randy is survived by his wife Charlotte, his daughter Dana and grandsons Connor and Trevor, his son Randall and daughter-in-law Denise, his brother Perry (wife Debbie), and his sisters-in-law Lori Vanderhurst and Sandy Lund.

A gathering to honor the life of this fun, witty, intelligent, renaissance man will take place at The Orchard in Carbondale on Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m. Randy, an all-around good guy, had a big life and will be truly missed. The family has requested that you please leave condolences for Charlotte and the family at : www.crownhillfuneral.com


21 September

Memorial Gathering

1:00 pm

The Orchard

Carbondale, CO


Stuart "Randy" Randall Vanderhurst Jr.

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Jill Beckers

September 19, 2019

So sad to hear this news. Dr. Van was a riot, he was generous and he was kind to me. He taught us how to make cyanide, how to kill your neighbor and get away with it and he helped me escape punishment when I was nearly caught smuggling liquor across the Mexican border. He was one of a kind. My deepest condolences go out to Charlotte, Dana (Hi Dana!) and Randy. ❤ Love, Jill (Hummel) class of 1988
Here's Dr. Van doing shots on the beach in Mexico with his students on an outdoor ed trip 1987

Holly Asher (Brown)

September 16, 2019

My memories of Randy comes from the time when my family was beginning to grow. Tom Brown and I were just married in 1979 and living in Carbondale, Colorado where Tom was a teacher and coach. It was with great love and support from Randy and Charlotte that Tom and I felt an acceptance into a community of friends. And though many places and times have since come between us...the bond of our friendship will never end. I will forever keep you Randy and all your loved ones in my prayers until we again meet up on that Last Day. Until then...may you rest in peace.

Bill and Peggy Hanks

September 16, 2019

Although we did not see you guys often we could always take up as though we lived next door. What a wonderful guy with a great family with our kids growing up and going through the grades together. Peggy and I not only enjoyed Randy but his entire and wonderful family.

Randy told it like it was and it was impossible not to admire his wonderful intellect and presence. He has left his imprint on the world and it is a better place. What a life to celebrate!

Our love and support go out to you, Charlotte, Dana, and Randall and your extended family and know that you have a special place in our hearts

Bill, Peggy, Jill and Chris Hanks

Gerald Cohn

September 16, 2019

Randy and I had a relationship since grade school in San Carlos, Ca in the early 50’s. He was a big part of my life growing up and the most wonderful friend. He loved everybody and everything and what a sense of humor. I was staying at my girlfriends house in San Bernardino during the summer of 1959 when he came to visit and then stayed with us at my girlfriends house. This is when he got a intern job working with a veterinarian at a local shop. He fell in love with animals and set out making that his career. I will always treasure the moments and memories of Randy.
My heart goes out to you Char in this time of grieving.

Carmen Donaldson

September 16, 2019

I was a student of Dr. Van's classes at CMC in 1976. He was a great instructor as well as a friend to all of us! So sorry for your loss.

Greg and Pat Gimbel

September 15, 2019

Charlotte, we’re so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Thinking of you and your family as you celebrate a wonderful life. Cherish the memories.

Mary Boulware

September 15, 2019

As a 1974 AHT grad at CMC Dr. Van was a major influence on not just our program but teaching honesty, respect and integrity. He prepared his students for the real world with his humor and frankness that life is not always easy and to be prepared for everything. His influence has greatly shaped my life not just in veterinary medicine but in all aspects. He is a legacy for many. Thanks Dr. Van!

David and Nola Weber

September 14, 2019

Dear Charlotte and Family,
We are back in the midwest and just learned of Randy's passing. There's no words to Express our sorrow for you,Randall's and Dana's loss. We had no idea of the things your family has been going through and are truly sorry and saddened by the loss of Randy. We hope to be back for the memorial service. Please know this, ,, our love and hearts go out to all you. David and NOLA Weber

Carol Craven

September 13, 2019

Dear, dear Charlotte and family: I was so saddened to read this notice. So many good memories ... all tinged with kindness, patience and humor. I am so glad for the vibrant years you shared. Much love to you all.

Cami Thompson

September 13, 2019

Where they met me enough hours to take care of our little dog Rusty She had blown out her meniscus or whatever jumping out of our pick up !

Later he came to the house to give her the shot on our living room floor to say goodbye to our best little girl Rusty

Love you Randy I know your soul is soaring and you’re about 25 years old pretty good looking I’d say ❤️🥰🐶