Randy Thomas Laran

Randy Thomas Lucenio Laran passed away at the age of 26 on July 28, 2017 in Lake Jackson, Texas. He was born on July 9, 1991 to Sandy and Rafaela Laran in Houston, Texas. He was blessed with siblings, Jeralyn Dyra and Raphael Jessan, to whom he is a role model, loving brother, and best friend. Up to the day he joined our Creator, he lived every day as it were his last.

Randy was in the graduating Class of 2009 at Lawrence E. Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. Upon graduation, he was recognized for thirteen years of perfect attendance. (He even took the flu to school.) He attended Sam Houston State University as a student in the school of music from Fall of 2009 to the Spring of 2014, where he met some of his most beloved mentors and closest friends. He was initiated as a part of Phi Mu Alpha: Zeta Mu's Pi Class in Spring of 2010. As a collegiate member in Phi Mu Alpha, he was elected as Historian, Music Director, Vice President, and later was chosen as Sinfonian of the Year. Outside of Phi Mu Alpha, Randy was also an active leader in the Bearkat Marching Band, (Old Main) Brass Choir, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, the SHSU Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and many other performing groups on campus and around the Houston Area. During his time in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, he performed twice at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas. He became the Director of the Brass Choir and renamed it the 'Old Main Brass Choir.' In Spring of 2014, Randy graduated from SHSU with a bachelor's degree in Music Education.

Always early, organized, and completely dedicated, it was no surprise that Randy's first job was as the head band director at Lanier Middle School (LMS) in Freeport, Texas. After teaching at LMS for two years, he was offered the job as the head band director at Freeport Intermediate School (FIS). With his sarcastic sense of humor, he won over the hearts of his coworkers and students, resulting in much success for their Symphonic and Jazz Bands. After earning his first Sweepstakes award, Randy received the news that one of their pieces had ranked fourth in the state- another huge accomplishment for Randy and his growing musicians. While he taught at LMS and FIS, he was on staff with the Brazosport High School marching band. Randy dedicated his life to music; he spent his free time performing as the substitute bass trombonist in the Brazosport Big Band, the trombonist in the pit orchestra for local musical productions, and teaching free private lessons to students willing to learn. 

Randy was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Hospicio Lucenio and Tomas Laran; grandmother, Amparo Lucenio; and aunt, Nalyn.

Randy is survived by his father and mother, Sandy Tordillo Laran and Rafaela Canto Lucenio Laran; sister, Jeralyn Dyra Lucenio Laran; brother, Raphael Jessan Lucenio Laran; grandmother, Salvacion Laran; his dog, Noah; and his newly adopted cat, Mia; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.