JAN 4, 1962 – JAN 4, 2023(Jan 4, 2023) KATY--
Randy Lemmon, Houston radio host of The GardenLine program on 740 KTRH, died today. He passed away at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York …
JAN 4, 1962 – JAN 4, 2023
(Jan 4, 2023) KATY--Randy Lemmon, Houston radio host of The GardenLine program on 740 KTRH, died today. He passed away at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City of complications due to a stroke. He was surrounded by his family.
For over 25 years. Lemmon hosted the weekend gardening program, during which he shared all sorts of tips, tricks and serious science for handling this area's unique climate. In what he called the “Most-listened-to Garden show in the country”, he was faithfully followed by serious landscapers as well as the weekend gardener as he shared his enthusiasm and advice about lawns, gardens and outdoor living. He was a go-to expert when climate issues became serious or dangerous to the public such as during hurricanes and deep freezes.
Before his radio program Randy spent years as a television and radio producer for the Texas Farm Bureau. He then spent nearly a decade at his alma mater- Texas A&M University producing news and commentary for an agricultural network he created with the College of Agriculture. One of his responsibilities was producing the R.C. Slocum show.
Randy authored four books on everything from fertilizer schedules to the 10 commandments of mulch. His most recent book, New Decade Gardening: a Gulf Coast Guide can be found at nurseries, garden centers and feed stores in and around the greater Houston area. Over the past few years in addition to his radio program Randy shared his passion and expertise with homeowners throughout the Gulf Coast region through his company, Randy Lemmon Consulting.
He was born Randal Scott Lemmon on January 4, 1962 in Whittier, California to Richard “Dick” Lemmon and Phyllis Lemmon. The family moved to Houston where Randy attended Robert E. Lee High school and went on to Texas A&M University where he graduated in 1984 with a BS degree in Journalism. While at Texas A&M he lived in Moses Hall. Later while working for the University’s College of Agriculture, Randy earned a Master of Science in Agriculture degree.
He volunteered his time for many years with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo where he served on the media committee and the Best Bites competition.
In addition to Randy’s passion for all things growing, he was known for his sense of humor, his cooking skills, and his passion for Aggie football and Astros baseball. Randy also enjoyed other hobbies including concerts, disc golf, racquetball and Broadway shows. He was a talented singer and was involved in acting and musicals in high school and college. He even earned extra money in college doing singing telegrams.
Randy was a devoted father. He and Yvonne Salce Lemmon were married from 1999 to 2021. Together, they continued putting their two children first and were dedicated to making Randal and Selena’s dreams come true.
Randy was predeceased by his parents and his uncle, Tommy Lemmon. Randy was married for 22 years to Yvonne Salce Lemmon (a graduate of Katy High School, 1987) , and is survived by Yvonne and their children, Randal, 21 and Selena, 16. He is also survived by his sister, Terri Langer (Ron) and his Sister-in-laws, Jennifer Spriggs (Kevin) and Melissa Salce (Joab), as well as nieces; Lindsey Langer, Lauren Langer, Jessica Spriggs, Jamie Spriggs, Paighton Salce, and nephews Preston Salce and Parker Salce. He's also survived by his aunt and uncle, Janelle and Ron Stokes and their two sons, Conner and Reid, along with his cousins, Jennifer and Tony Masuccio, and Loretta and Chuck Bradshaw.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Salem Lutheran Church SSM, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball, TX 77377.