Randall Antonio Stevenson
1991 - 2016
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Randall Antonio Stevenson, beloved son of Claudia Elizabeth Castillo of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Randall Allen Stevenson of Leawood, Kansas, passed away in his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday April 5, 2016. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Resthaven Funeral Home at 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 during the wake from 4:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2016 and also at St. George Catholic Church at 7808 St. George Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 on Friday, April 8, 2016, for visitation from 1:00-2:00PM, followed by the funeral service at 2:00PM. Burial will immediately follow in the church's cemetery. Besides his parents, Randall was survived by his two grandmothers, Carmen Castillo and Sybil Stevenson, his brother, Christian Stevenson, and his sister, Carmen Stevenson. He was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Rodolfo Castillo Claramont and LeRoy Stevenson. Randall was born April 2, 1991, at Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before school age, he showed a sense of responsibility. Although he loved the taste of turtle eggs, a delicacy sold on the beaches of El Salvador, as soon as he learned that the turtles were endangered, he would only shake his head if someone offered any to him. He attended Wildwood and St. Jude Elementary and Jr. High Schools. He was a passionate runner in Jr. High, twice setting a new school record for the mile. He frequently served as an altar boy at the Spanish Mass as St. George. He attended St. Michael the Archangel High School, graduating in May, 2009. Although he liked to have mischievous fun, he always considered how things affected other people and reacted kindly. Also during these years he developed a love of Celtic music and heritage. Shortly before graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and entered active duty in August, 2009. He went through recruit training at MCRD, San Diego, and then basic and advanced infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. After an intensely-selective process, he was sent to Reconnaissance School and then was stationed in Okinawa, Japan in 3rd Recon Bn. He trained as a Paratrooper at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, where he saw frequent combat in the Sangeen Valley of Helmand Province and earned a reputation as a SAW gunner, saving the lives of at least two of his buddies. After the tour, he was transferred to the 3rd Force Recon Platoon and then trained as a Scout-Sniper in Hawaii. He was known by many as "Stevo" and was promoted to Sargent just as he completed his active duty in 2013. He often said, "I never shot a round at anyone I did not know was an enemy combatant. I can face God for every round I fired." After active duty, Randall returned to Baton Rouge and attended BRCC, where he was about to complete an Associate in Business, with plans to continue studies at LSU, eventually marry his girlfriend, Sara-Ann Pierson, and be an entrepreneur. He had the ability to find humor in situations, such as when he was changing a flat tire it began to rain and he responded by laughing. He was dedicated, loyal and passionate, whether it involved running track, his family, his girlfriend, his Marine brothers, his friends, or the ideals which governed his life. Although usually easy-going and humble, when his values were challenged, he inflexibly stood his ground. Although very gregarious and loved by many, he struggled with PTSD accompanied with anxiety. He was tender-hearted, generous, and quick to apologize if he realized he had wronged someone. He saw in each person a potential friend, intrinsic value and someone deserving respect, unless they proved otherwise. He was quick to share what he had with family, friends and strangers, often helping the homeless he met on the streets. Even if he did not give them money, he recognized them to acknowledge their dignity as a human instead of ignoring them. He will be missed, as a grandson, son, brother, Marine, and friend. The hole he has left in the world is an invitation to those who knew him to let love for others reach out and touch suffering wherever it is found.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2016.
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April 23, 2016
I am very sorry about the loss of your beautiful son and hero. My heart goes out to your family and to those he served with who I am sure miss him so very much. He sounds amazing, just reading this remembrance and the comments. I wish I could have known him. Please let us know if we can help. Keri Jacobs, Co-Founder of 22 Too Many
April 21, 2016
I did not know Randall, I just read about him in the TImes. I am very very sorry for your loss, and I hope good can come from it.
April 12, 2016
Rest easy Marine. Never above you, never below you, always beside you.
Doc McNally
2nd Recon Battalion
April 11, 2016
My husband and I wish to extend our most heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time. Our son was a fellow Reconnaissance Marine with your beloved Randall. We can never know the depth of your pain and sorrow, we can only offer our prayers that God gives you the strength to go on. By reading his obituary one can only imagine this beautiful child and the joy he must have given you. How unselfish he was to put his life on the line so that others may live. There is no greater sacrifice than the one your son made serving this country. We owe him and your family a debt of gratitude we can never repay. He is now in God's loving arms. Safely home. You will see him again. God bless all of you.
Vera Gallagher
April 11, 2016
Our Prayers are with Randall's family,friends,and fellow Marines.
I know that he is surrounded by God's light and the Angels in heaven.
He will be forever in our hearts and prayers. His presence in our home will always be missed. He and Taylor had so much fun together growing up. His friends will forever miss his kind,gentle,funny spirit.
Rest In Peace Randall!

The Stoma Family
April 8, 2016
May Randall be in the presence of the Lord.
Carmen Maria Guardado
April 8, 2016
Randall and Claudia,

You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. May God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Susan Oncal
April 8, 2016
OFFERING PRAYERS FOR A FALLEN MARINE.
Barry Jarreau
April 8, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's loving arms wrap around you during this time of grief and sorrow. The LaFosse family
Cindy LaFosse
April 8, 2016
Prayers to the Stevenson family and Thank You for your sacrifices. Your son is a guardian angel protecting us from above and a hero.
Brit D'Amico
April 7, 2016
I will never forget your great spirit, positivity, and encouragement. YOU will always be my friend, and your family and Sara are in my prayers.
Asia Sky Gillam
April 7, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of coaching Randall track at St. Jude. Always one of my favorite students for many reasons. His work ethic was undeniable. Always respectful and appreciative on and off the field. A kind and gentle spirit. Praying for peace and strength for the family.
kathi walker
April 7, 2016
April 7, 2016
Please accept my condolences. I met Randall at my sons wedding and he was immediately adopted into our hearts. Good man! He served with my son, and I am grateful for his friendship to him. I pray he has rest now... he will be missed. You are in our prayers; that you will find comfort in this loss.
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