"I said things I shouldn't have and he left and over the years I've looked for him and its hard to find a needle in a haystack," said Gary.
But it turns out Randy was in Bakersfield the whole time.
"Just living out on the streets for a while. Ended up in the mission, stayed there working, volunteered there," said Randy.
Then, on Thanksgiving morning, the desire to volunteer also brought Gary to the same rescue mission. As he was setting tables for the holiday meal at the soup kitchen Gary was stunned by who he saw sitting at one of the tables.
"Low and behold I see my brother sitting there and I just about had a heart attack," said Gary. "I just went over and started giving him hugs, I was so excited. I thought I'd never see my brother again. I mean 11 years is a long time that's when you think it'll never happen again.
Since that fateful morning the brothers say they are focusing on getting Randy a job and making up for lost time.
"I don't think we're going to be fighting anymore. Life's too short to let it go like that. When you lose someone for many years and you think you lost them for life you do a lot of thinking," said Gary.