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Gaylord T. Guenin

Gaylord Guenin

Gaylord T. Guenin was born in Buffalo, Wyoming, to G. M. “Shorty” and Evelyn Gallus Guenin. They soon moved to Billings, Montana, where Gaylord grew up. After graduating from high school Gaylord enlisted in the U.S. Marines rather than be drafted. The military had a policy at that time then of not sending only sons into battle, so Gaylord served stateside largely with the duty of processing the personal belongings of Marines were killed in Korea, some of them were his friends. 

After his honorable discharge he worked as a fireman in Oceanside, California.  He then returned to Montana where he graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 1962, and never stopped writing.   Gaylord worked on papers in Kalispell, Missoula, and Butte and was a management trainee for Lee enterprises in the Midwest.

Gaylord moved to Aspen in 1969 to edit the Aspen Illustrated news. He was the coauthor of “Aspen: The Quiet Years,” editor of the Mountain Gazette, and columnist for The Aspen Times. He was also a fisherman, a drinker, manager of the Woody Creek Tavern, a resident of Lenado and a good friend. Gaylord passed peacefully on Dec. 17, 2017 in Woody Creek.



Gaylord is survived by a son, Grant, a daughter Margaret, and many, many friends.

There will be an informal gathering to remember Gaylord at the Woody Creek Tavern Thursday, Dec. 21, at around 3:30 p.m.


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