We are deeply saddened to share the passing of longtime KTRH AM 740 Gardenline host Randy Lemmon.
Lemmon had been a fixture on KTRH for nearly 30 years as he took to the airwaves every Saturday and Sunday morning to answer listener’s questions on everything from aphids to zoysias.
“Randy had an unbridled passion for being on the radio and for helping people with their gardening issues. We should all be so fortunate to do something in life that brings us such joy. He will be missed,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston.
Lemmon graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Agriculture Communications and worked for the Texas Farm Bureau before joining KTRH in 1996.
In addition to his radio show, Lemmon has written several gardening books and was a frequent guest on local television.
Lemmon was 60 years old and leaves behind two children – 21-year-old Randall and 16-year-old Selena.
The entire iHeartMedia team, offer our deepest condolences to Randy’s family, friends and listeners at this very difficult time.
For Immediate Release
HOUSTON RADIO TALK SHOW HOST DIED TODAY.
(Jan 4, 2023) HOUSTON--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.
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 devoted father to his son, Randal, and his daughter Selena. He was completely supportive of their activities including Randal’s competitive tennis and Selena’s growing music success.
Randy was predeceased by his parents and his uncle, Tommy Lemmon. Randy was married for 22 years to Yvonne Lemmon, 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 Janelle and Ron Stokes and their two sons, Conner and Reid. (more)
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to Salem Lutheran Church SSM, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball, TX 77377. Cards of condolences can be sent to Randy Lemmon, C/O Yvonne Lemmon, FM2920 STE G#540, Tomball, TX 77377.
Plans for a celebration of life are pending.
For more information: Caroline Osmon 512-695-2859