Richard Eugene Guest
March 16, 1944 – February 5, 2019
Dr. Richard E. Guest, 74, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away early the morning of February 5, 2019 of heart failure.
He was born in LaJunta, Colorado to John and Lorraine Guest on March 16, 1944. On the fifth of June, 1966, he married the love of his life, Linda Sand in Fort Collins, Colorado. During their 52 year marriage, they reared two wonderful children, Elise and Greg. Over the course of their marriage, they lived in Fort Collins, Denver, Sterling and Estes Park, Colorado as well as Chicago, Des Moines, and Boston while pursuing educational and occupational opportunities.
A brilliant gentleman, Richard served within many vocations throughout his life including as a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for over thirty years; as a Methodist minister; as the director of several counseling centers; as an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy for Colorado State University; and as a worker for people whose place in society was often in jeopardy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Colorado State University, a Master of Divinity from The Iliff School of Theology and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Northwestern University. In later years, he worked in several capacities for the Larimer County Department of Health and Human Services, managing the office at Estes Park, Colorado; then, moving to Fort Collins and working for transportation issues for the disabled; and establishing a program to reduce recidivism within the Larimer County Jail, among other such undertakings throughout Fort Collins.
Richard was active in many community projects, serving as an early President for Crossroads Battered Women’s Shelter, consulting with The House of Neighborly Service and with 3Hopeful Hearts, among others. He was a strong supporter of Restorative Justice Programs. While living in Des Moines, Richard was primary in developing a non-profit Pastoral Counseling Center with a satellite Grief Counseling Center.
He loved the outdoors and spent many happy hours as a youth hunting (but later only with a camera) and as a life-long fisherman whose skills as a fly-tying fisherman were much in demand. On many occasions, he was the only one in a group to catch fish. He recently published an autobiography entitled A Place to Cross the River highlighting his early life in Rocky Ford. His skills as an author, musician, singer, photographer, poet, and artist were remarkable. In addition, his ability to connect with others and to remember myriad facts, data, and knowledge of the world was unsurpassed. Trite as it might seem, Richard Guest was truly a man for all seasons. Those grieving his loss are incalculable.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Linda Sand Guest of Fort Collins, daughter Elise Guest (Jeff Kloosterman) of Arvada, son Gregory Guest (Andi) of Loveland, and four young grandchildren Kiki, Christopher, Thomas and Brendon. Other survivors include Deanna and Boyd Swift, Teresa and Rick Morford of Fort Collins; Mike and Darlene Sand of Hot Springs, SD; and Colleen and Rob Oquist of La Junta and numerous nieces and nephews A beautiful funeral service was held Friday, February 8, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins with interment at Grandview Cemetery. Donations in his honor may be made to Crossroads Women’s Center or to the House of Neighborly Service or to a charity of your choice.
- John W. Guest, Father
- Lorraine A. Smith, Mother
- Linda S. Guest, Wife
- Elise Guest, Daughter
- Gregory Guest, Son
- Four grandchildren Kiki, Christopher, Thomas and Brendon. Other relatives include Deanna and Boyd Swift, Teresa and Rick Morford, Mike and Darlene Sand and numerous nieces and nephews...
- Greg Guest, Pallbearer
- Jeff Kloosterman, Pallbearer
- Rick Morford, Pallbearer
- Mike Sand, Pallbearer
- Tony Duda, Pallbearer
- Scott Duda, Pallbearer
- Derrick Morford, Pallbearer
- Dustin Vinzant, Pallbearer
- Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
- Interment Friday, February 8, 2019
Richard Eugene Guest
February 8, 2019
I was fortunate to meet Rich because of my experiences with his family, wife Linda, an extraordinary educator who I was privileged to teach with at Lesher Junior High, and children Elise and Greg who I had in class as students.
After my interactions with Linda, Elise, and Greg, it was hard to imagine a more grounded caring family. Meeting Rich however was an unexpected bonus. I remember him always communicating in a most genuine way that made you feel he was someone who really listened and cared about your perspective.
Deepest sympathies to the family. Wish I’d not been out of state for today’s service. Rich as detailed in his obituary was a bright, talented, caring man who contributed much to our community. I’ll also remember him as just a really good guy you were glad to have met.
February 7, 2019
Thinking of you and your family.
February 6, 2019
In my almost 80 years there have been only a few persons in my life that I have considered best friends and since I moved to Ft Collins five years ago, there has been only one person here I thought of as a best friend, and probably surprising to him, that was Rich. He not only was my friend, he was also my mentor, the co-author of my second novel and my inspiration to grow from just being just a storyteller to becoming a writer.
I will miss him so very much.