Personal note from Patrice & Children
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and many unknowns, Randall's Life Celebration has been postponed until further notice~
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“Now nearly all those I loved and did not understand when I was young are dead, but I still reach out to them...
Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn’t. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”
– ‘A River Runs Through It’ by Normal Maclean.
Randall Daye Shields, 68, died September 13, 2019 at his home in Bethesda, MD, surrounded by his beloved wife and children,
after being diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer - September, 2018.
Shields served as The Daily Republic publisher in Mitchell, SD from August 1990 to August 1993. While in Mitchell, Shields was active in many community activities and projects and maintained close friendships through the years. He was an avid fly fisherman and was …