My brother-in-law, Randolph P. Lane, died unexpectedly at the age of 46 on October 16th in Houston. I took this photo of him, my sister-in-law and DiploTot when we were home in July before leaving for Guatemala. It captured well the joy they brought to one another and the joy that DiploTot brought to them both.

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Randolph attended McCallie School and graduated from Chattanooga Christian High School. He earned a liberal arts degree in International Political Science from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. At Emory and Henry he was a member of the rugby and soccer teams as well as serving as a student advocate on both the judicial and academic boards of the college. He was selected by the faculty to represent the college as a delegate to the 29th annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference held at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He was a member of the Hamilton County Rescue Squad, serving several years on the Cave Rescue Unit. That interest evolved in his obtaining a paramedic license and a career working in emergency medicine.

Randolph served the country in a numerous ways, including the U.S. Navy, the 20th Special Forces Group in the U.S. Army National Guard with the rank of Second Lieutenant, and as a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer’s School and U.S. Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Following his military service, he worked as a Protective Specialist for several private contracting companies, including Triple Canopy. Randolph served as a consultant at the Diplomatic Security Training Center in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of State.

Randolph lived his life to the fullest, striving to uphold the principle, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

A private family service will be held at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN on Wednesday, October 23.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lone Star Veterans Association or the Wounded Warriors Foundation.