Randolph Lee Mock, 58, passed away March 1, 2012, in Cedar Creek, Texas, after a four-year battle with a progressive neuro-muscular condition.
Randy was born to Jack and Irene (Johnson) Mock on Oct. 11, 1953, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School until age 8 when the family moved to Petoskey, Mich. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier High School's last graduating class (1971), attended North Central Michigan College in Petoskey and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.
After college he started Green Thumb Lawn Care in Portage, Mich., and helped his customers understand the importance of the use of proper lawn care products that wouldn't harm the environment. A later job selling car wash parts transferred him to Dallas, Texas, in 1987. Getting back to his love of nature, he became the director of the Dallas Nature Center.
He met his wife-to-be, Sandra Skrei, at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Recycling Conference in 1990.
In 1993, he became the director of education at Fossil Rim and by 1995 had moved to Cedar Creek, Texas, to work part-time as program manager for EarthShare of Texas and then full-time as its interim director.
Randy and Sandy started their business, Naturally Curious, providing nature-based stores with products to sell (18 partner stores), participating as a vendor at nature festivals and other events across Texas until the time of his illness in 2008.
Randy is survived by his wife of 12 years, Sandy Skrei-Mock, of Cedar Creek, Texas, who never gave up searching for a cure and tirelessly administered to his every need during his long illness; sisters, Gerri (Dr. Ronald) VanderMolen of Birmingham, Mich., Barbara (Paul) Cook of Petoskey and children, Rob (Lorry Parrott) Cook and Will of Indian River, USAF Lt. Valerie Cook and daughters, Kayla and Rebecca Hodgson, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Nicole (Ian Russell) of Petoskey, Jacquie (U.S. Army Spc. Jeff) Urban of Petoskey and Afghanistan and sons, Aiden and Parker; his uncle, Clayton (Marilyn) Mock and sons, Steve and Brian, and aunt, Angie Mock and sons, Ron, Rick and Ed; father and mother-in-law, Dick and Ann Skrei, of Bella Vista, Ark.; brothers-in-law Steve (Sue) Skrei and children, Zach, Emily and Kyle, of Columbus, Ohio, Paul Skrei and Nancy Skrei and son, Daniel, of Spokane, Wash. He was preceded in death by his father in 1993 and his mother in 2004.
In keeping with his final wishes, his body was donated to Life Legacy, University of Wisconsin and the UCLA Brain Bank to help better understand what mystified doctors while they were treating Randy.
A memorial service took place in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, March 4, with chaplain Edward Shangray of Odyssey Hospice leading in the celebration of Randy's life. To honor Randy's life and love of nature, a memorial fund has been set up which will be used for a program called Nature Start. This fund will continue Randy's efforts to get field guides into the hands of naturally curious kids, provide scholarships to Nature Camps and work with nature centers to do the same. Checks may be made payable to the Randy Mock Memorial Fund, and sent to Sandy at 311 Elm Forest Loop, Cedar Creek, Texas 78612; or c/o First National Bank, P.O. Drawer F, Bastrop, Texas 78602.