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Most Excellent Companion
Randy R. Downey, KTCH, KYGCH
Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of California

Biography


Most Excellent Companion Randy R. Downey was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1957. He and his family moved to Southern California when he was six years old, and he was raised in the city of South Gate, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach, and spend 22 years working in various capacities involving investigations and corporate security. Since 2005, he has owned Star & Compass Travel, a full-service travel agency, focused on group and individual travel for Masons and the family of Freemasonry. He and his wife, Micki, met in high school, and married in 1979. They two children and two grandchildren. Randy and Micki currently reside in San Jose, California.

Our Grand High Priest started his Masonic career when he joined Guardian Chapter, DeMolay in 1971. He served as Master Councilor, League President, and Illustrious Knight Commander, and ultimately received the Degree of Chevalier and the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was raised a Master Mason in Golden Bowl Lodge No. 755 (now Downey Unite Lodge Np. 220) in 1979. He served as Master of Mt Moriah Lodge No. 292 in Los Gatos in 2004, and received the Hiram Award in 2008. Randy has served on numerous Grand Lodge Committees, served as Inspector from 2006-2009, and from 2010-2016, as was appointed the Grand Master’s Chief of Staff for 2009-2010. He also helped create the Grand Lodge Inspector Development Academy, and chaired that project from 2009-2016.

In 2003, Randy joined Howard Chapter No. 14, RAM, and served as Grand High Priest in 2007. He was appointed Grand Chaplain North for Grand Chapter, 2010-2011, and in 2013, was appointed to the progressive line as Grand Royal Arch Captain.

He served as the Director of Ritual for the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of California from 2012-2016. He received the Knight of York Cross of Honor in 2010, and is currently serving as Prior of San Francisco Priory No. 38.

He served the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots as the Pharaoh of all Sciotry in 2009-2010.

Randy has also served as the presiding officer of the following bodies:
• San Jose Pyramid No. 9, Sciots 2003
• Zorah Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R. 2005
• San Jose Council No. 20 2007
• San Jose Commandery No. 10 2008
• El Camino York Rite College No. 131 2009-2010
• Central California Past Masters’ Association2010
• San Jose Consistory, Scottish Rite 2011
• San Jose Council of Kadosh, Scottish Rite 2014
• Britannia Council, AMD 2015

He is currently the Deputy Grand Governor of Northern California, for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.

Randy is also a member of:
• Asiya Shriners;
• Starlight Chapter No. 401, OES;
• San Francisco Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine;
• New Covenant Tabernacle No. 68, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; and
• Clanna Ruid Ruide No. 58, Knight Masons

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