Today marks the passing of Houston radio presenter Randy Lemmon, who was best known for his work on the gardening show on NewsRadio 740 KTRH. Complications from the stroke ultimately led to his death, which occurred at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was enveloped in the warmth of his devoted family. Randy worked with the Texas Farm Bureau for a number of years as a producer for both television and radio before beginning his career in radio. After that, he worked for the better part of a decade at Texas A&M University, his alma school, where he produced news and commentary for an agricultural network that he had built in conjunction with the College of Agriculture.
One of his tasks was serving as the show’s producer for R.C. Slocum. Randy Lemmon was the host of the radio show GardenLine for 27 years, during which time he provided listeners with a wide variety of pointers, strategies, and in-depth scientific information for adapting their gardens to the specific climate of this region. As he offered his excitement and ideas regarding lawns, gardens, and outdoor life, he gained the devoted following of both professional landscapers and casual gardeners who worked on their yards on the weekends. When climate-related concerns were serious or threatening to the general population, such as during storms and severe colds, he was the go-to expert.
On January 4, 1962, in Whittier, California, he was born to parents Richard “Dick” Lemmon and Phyllis Lemmon. He was given the name Randal Scott Lemmon. The family relocated to Houston, where Randy completed his high school education at Robert E. Lee High School before continuing his education at Texas A&M University, from where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1984. During his time at Texas A&M, he called Moses Hall his home. Later on, when Randy was still employed at the University’s College of Agriculture, he went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Agriculture. Randy was preceded in death by both of his parents as well as his uncle, Tommy Lemmon.
Randy was married to Yvonne Lemmon for 22 years, and he is survived by Yvonne as well as his children, Randal, who is now 21, and Selena, who is 16 years old. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Terri Langer (Ron), his sister-in-law, Jennifer Spriggs (Kevin) and Melissa Salce (Joab), as well as his nieces and nephews, Lindsey Langer, Lauren Langer, Jessica Spriggs, Jamie Spriggs, Paighton Salce, and Preston Salce and Parker Salce. His wife, Terri Langer, also survives him. In addition to this, he is survived by his aunt and uncle Janelle and Ron Stokes, as well as their kids Conner and Reid.
A gathering to honor his life and legacy is in the works at this time.