Randall W. Bauer (born 10/17/1956) Randall W. Bauer passed August 14, 2015 after a tough battle with prostate cancer. Born in Santa Monica, CA, Randy lived the first few years of his life in the Pacific Palisades before the family moved to the San Fernando Valley. There he attended local schools and graduated from Birmingham High School in 1974. In his senior year, Randy was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. He stayed in Los Angeles and attended UCLA graduating in 1978 with a degree in Political Science. He eventually received his MBA from Cal. State Long Beach while working at Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, CA. During his time at UCLA, Randy had some interesting summer internships. In 1975, at the age of 18 Randy worked in Washington D.C. where he worked under the U.S. House of Representatives sub-committee on Postal Service. The following summer he interned in the Lieutenant Governor's office in Sacramento. The next year, he worked for Prudential plc in England. Randy was hard working and incredibly loyal as Toyota Motor Sales USA found out when they hired him on Sept. 17th 1984. He loved working for Toyota and was proud of the work he did for the company. In fact, he made sure that all of his family drove Toyota vehicles. He held a variety of positions with Toyota including being the team leader for Toyota's Y2K strategy. His last positon was as Corporate Manger of IS Operational Services. Single for much of his life, Randy met his true love, Dennis, 12 years ago. In front of family and friends, they made it official, and were married on January 11, 2014. Their beautiful ceremony was at the La Venta Inn in Rancho Palos Verdes with spectacular views of the coast. Randy and Dennis enjoyed travelling. They made several trips to Aspen, Co where his parents had a home and made annual trips to Kauai around Randy's Birthday. They equally enjoyed being in their beautiful Redondo Beach home with views of the ocean and the amazing smells of Dennis's cooking. And of course, they enjoyed the company of their dog and cat, Kagome and Buttercup. Randy had a short but fulfilled life, especially the last 12 years with Dennis. He is survived by his mother, Donna and brother's Tom and John (and their wives Margaret and Debbie). He had six nieces and nephews and one grand nephew. Alyssa (husband Paul and son Lucca), Christopher (and wife Valerie), Emily, Stephanie, Anna and Harrison will miss their Uncle Randy. Memorial celebration will be held Wednesday, August 26th at 10:00AM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA.

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  1. Dear Dennis and family,
    I am deeply saddened for your loss. It was a pleasure working with Randy and I will cherish those memories and experiences. Dennis, I am so happy that Randy had someone special like you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Bill Hayward

  2. I am so fortunate to have worked with Randy. He is one of those people who I worked with who I always saw seek to do the right thing.
    I’m so glad that he had time with you Dennis, even though we have never met. I see how happy he was in your wedding photos and seeing that has made me smile too.

    Indeed, a short but fulfilled life and we are all more fulfilled for having known him.

  3. Randy was my first real Manager/Boss of my professional career. I count myself very lucky for having been able to work with him for so many years. I have had many bosses since I left Toyota, but none have ever came close to the example he set for me. His support, his ethical nature to always do the right thing, his humor and his wise guidance truly help shape my perspective. I can only count but a few real mentors in my life, and Randy was one of them.
    Dennis & Family, I’m very sorry for your loss. Dennis, I knew that we had never met, but I did exchange holiday cards with Randy, and my wife and I were very pleased to see that Randy had found someone in his life that made him happy.
    Rest in Peace my Friend.

  4. I am deeply saddened for the sudden loss of Randy. For the last four years Randy was my boss at Toyota. I enjoyed every bit of it working with him and learned a lot from him during that time.
    His support to me was unconditional with full trust, and he always
    challenged me in the right €˜Toyota€™ way which will last with me for a long time. I have worked with many managers over years
    and definitely Randy is one whom I have lots of respect and I will cherish those memories and experiences.

    Dennis & Family, I’m very sorry for your loss. Dennis, I hope you remember me from my daughter€™s dance recital at Carpenter Theatre Cal State Long Beach two years ago. I am very pleased to see
    that Randy had found someone in his life that made him happy. You are in our prayers.

  5. Dennis and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I am pleased to have worked with Randy over the past 15 years. We worked through strategies and details together. We also laughed together. He was a mentor and a challenging colleague. I will always remember our times together.
    All my best through this difficult time,
    Debbie West

  6. Dennis and Family,
    I am so very saddened for your loss. I worked with Randy on several jobs over the years. He was always a pleasure to work with . We have all lost a good man and a fine leader. He will be greatly missed.

  7. Dear Bauer Family – Randy was one of the first senior managers that I worked with as a new HR Consultant at Toyota. It was Y2K and I was brand new in my job which was doubly challenging. I was enlisted to help Randy with a “situation” and at first I was very nervous. I had never worked with someone at his level and in a consultative role where I was expected to have all the answers. Randy partnered with me and showed me the utmost in respect. He was professional and very kind. I was able to immediately relax and he helped give me the confidence I needed to move forward in my career. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with all of us at Toyota.
    Lisa Williams

  8. I was fortunate enough to call Randy one of my dearest friends during the years I worked with him at Toyota as well as the nearly 10 years after I left Toyota and to this day. I also consider Dennis a dear friend and was so happy when Randy met someone who truly made him happy. I could not have been happier attending Randy and Dennis€™s wedding and seeing the smiles on both of their faces during and after the ceremony. There was no doubt in my mind that they cared for each other and were very much in love. They were a perfect fit for each other. Getting together with them for dinner was one our favorite activities, especially since Dennis is such a fantastic chef. Natalie and I always cherished those evenings as it gave us the opportunity to eat gourmet cuisine and discuss what was occurring in our lives.

    Randy was the most honest, hard-working, dedicated and intelligent boss I have had the pleasure to work with during my career. Furthermore,
    Randy was my mentor, coach and confidante.
    We would frequently spend several hours a day discussing how to do what was best for TMS, TMS IS, its customers and employees. These discussions would frequently last well
    into the evening because we both lost track of time. However, we both believed they resulted in making TMS IS more efficient and effective while also making our team more productive.

    Randy was the most caring boss I ever had. The best example of
    this was when Randy first hired me at Toyota. At the time of my interviews, I told Randy that I was currently flying home to Minneapolis every few weeks to spend time with my mother, who had recently had a very serious stroke and probably had very little time to live. I told him that if he were to hire me, I would need to wait to begin working for him until my mother passed away. Randy told me to not worry, that he wanted to hire me and would allow me to take as many trips to Minneapolis as I needed. Given that I left my previous employer over this issue this was a surprising revelation and I was shocked. When Randy offered me the job, I quickly accepted his offer. For the next two months, I was able to work and take a few trips to Minneapolis and spend time with my mother during her final days. I never will forget this act of kindness and generosity.

    The past few years were very difficult for Randy and completely undeserved. He was too special a person to have to suffer as much as he did. I will never forget Randy and will always cherish the time I was lucky enough to spend with him. Thank you Randy for being my friend and mentor. Dennis, thank you for making Randy€™s life whole.

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