Candon Guio, 55, died peacefully at his home in Big Piney on March 11, 2011.
Candon was born Oct. 5, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the third child to Kenneth H. Guio and Margaret Subic Guio. Two years later Candon, along with his older siblings, Cotton and Susan, welcomed brother Tagg to complete their family. Candon was educated in the Big Piney school system and graduated from high school in 1974.
Throughout his life he showed an unwavering love of family and his agricultural heritage. He worked for Alsade Limited, a family run cattle ranch in Big Piney, alongside his brothers, working hard to preserve the fast declining world of family businesses. Its importance to him was only surpassed by his love and connection to his family. He would often say, “Without family, you’ve got nothing.”
Candon was one of the most colorful individuals you would ever meet. He was compassionate, generous and thoughtful, and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family and friends. He’d turn his world upside down to help someone in need. And he was funny — somewhat of a jokester, always entertaining those around him with his stories and antics. He had a quick wit and an even quicker smile.
Candon loved every aspect of growing up on a ranch, whether it was making forts in the yard or helping his dad with daily chores. Of course, the privilege of driving trucks, tractors and motorcycles before the ripe old age of five wasn’t bad either. Candon and his younger brother Tagg learned to drive in the hay fields. They had an old Scout at their disposal, but neither was big enough to handle both the steering and the gas, so one would steer the truck while sitting on his knees, peering over the top of the dash, while the other would crawl below and control the gas pedals. Everything would go well until they’d wind up stuck in a ditch or high-centered on a round bale. Family members and ranch hands spent many an hour pulling the boys out and getting them going again.
Candon’s schoolmates have told countless stories about how Candon was always getting into mischief at school, most times as the ringleader, but he rarely got into trouble. After flashing that famous smile of his with that endearing dimple, he had the teachers wrapped around his finger. One such story involves Candon and Jock Meeks scheming to disassemble the middle school. That time he did get caught.
As Candon grew older, his love of adventure and outdoor recreational sports became a major part of his life. He loved them all – downhill skiing, snow camping, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. In the warmer months there was water skiing, boating, hunting and trail riding his motorcycle in the mountains around Big Piney. However, these activities could only take place on the free weekends from the world of Guio Racing. Candon, along with his dad and brothers, would head out every weekend to race motorcycles and off-road cars all over the western United States — Utah, Nevada and Idaho being their favorite destinations. They would load up the Guio race van with their motorcycles, fuel and all the spare parts that would fit and head off. This was a family affair, as Candon’s mother Marj and sister Susan would travel along and serve as their pit crew.
As Candon entered young adulthood, this rugged, tough and somewhat wild young man sought his independence. Now, most young men would find an apartment or place of their own in search of freedom from mom and dad, but the same could not be said for Candon. He erected himself a tipi on a small plot just south of the home place. It was quite a sight when driving into the ranch. Candon lived there year-round and so earned the nickname “Monte the Mountain Man,” a name he wore proudly. Candon traveled extensively throughout the United States, from Washington to Florida, and he even spent one winter in Australia exploring the wild Outback. Everywhere he traveled he made lifelong friends.
Candon’s talents and interests were as diverse as his personality. He was passionate about music of all genres, from jazz and blues to head-banging rock and roll. He was quite the musician on the saxophone and guitar, and was also a talented drummer. Many weekends, you’d find Candon in a dimly lit, smoky bar banging away on his drums in a number of bands. Candon was a talented artist. He most enjoyed drawing animated characters, but he was a gifted potter as well. If you were lucky, you might have gotten one of the many etchings that he drew on a paper napkin while you were having dinner. Candon was also an avid reader and loved books on Indian history, the Wild West and really just about any adventure story. Jeremiah Johnson was one of his favorite heroes. He told his sister-in-law once that he thought he was born in the wrong era. He knew he was supposed to live like his favorite historical legend.
If you crossed paths with Candon in the last 30 years, you would have noticed that he was never without a trusty sidekick. His companion would be small in stature, black in color and a little bit yappy. One of his beloved Schipperkes would have been by his side. His dogs were like his children, and you’d never talk with him without hearing a story of some trick, adventure or mischief they’d gotten into.
In character with his generous, giving ways, he was always concerned about his family and friends. One of his many catch phases was, “I’ve been worried sick about you!” If he saw you on Monday and then again on Tuesday, he’d still say, “I’ve been worried sick about you!”
Candon is survived by his mother Marj Guio, father and stepmother Ken and Marlene Guio, long-time companion Les Margo, brother Cotton Guio and his wife Cynde, sister Susan Guio, brother Tagg Guio and his wife Nancy, nieces Tayton Guio Lyon, Landa Guio, and Ali Guio, nephew Matt Guio and great nephew Bailey Lyon.
Candon’s funeral service was held at Plainview Cemetery in Big Piney on March 17, followed by a gathering of family and friends at the senior center in Marbleton. Memorial contributions may be made in Candon’s memory to the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Center.For the complete article see the 03-25-2011 issue.
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