Donald Max Guetz, 86 of Glendo, WY passed away May 21, 2018 in Littleton, CO. He was born July 25, 1931 in Selby, SD. Don was the oldest of five children born to Edith and Max Guetz of Selby.
From high school graduation in Selby, Don then completed his college education at South Dakota State University with a B.S. In Chemistry. After college graduation, Don married his high school sweetheart, Florence Ann Mudge.
Don served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Don and Florence were stationed in Germany where Don served in the Intelligence community. After his service, Don began his career with Chemical and Geological Laboratories in Farmington, NM. He would transfer to Casper, WY soon after his career began where they raised their 4 children. Don eventually bought Chem Lab with partner Ed Davis and grew that business over the next 20 years. Don and Ed then sold Chem Lab to the international firm, Core Laboratories, where he became regional Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Region and transferred to Denver, CO.
Don retired from Core Lab after a five year commitment. He enjoyed retirement for a short 2 years until 1982 when he and cousin Mike Guetz purchased Home Lumber Co. in Littleton, CO. Don would retire from Home Lumber in 1991.
Don Guetz was a prolific outdoorsman his entire life. He was an excellent marksman and even better fisherman. During his retirement years, Don yearned for the water. First to the Sea of Cortez in San Carlos, Mexico and next to a home in Cabo San Lucas. Don and Flo always maintained a home in Columbine Country Club, Littleton, CO to be near their children, but his home and heart truly became the lake in Glendo, WY.
Don was a very intelligent man, reserved in his thought, kindhearted and loved by everyone. His loving wife Florence passed away in 2011. Don found a lake in Sun City, AZ, where he spent is winters. Summer was always reserved for Glendo. Don would find love again with Alice Findler. They so enjoyed one another being at their lake in Sun City, at Glendo or her home in Wisconsin. Alice would pass away in 2016. Heartbroken over the loss of brother-in-law Harley Wyman, sister Laura Wyman and then his beloved Alice, Don moved back to Colorado where he could be close to his children who loved him to the end.
Don is survived by his four children; daughter Kim(Ron) Knoebel of Englewood, son Chuck(Shelli) Guetz of Kiowa, son Max(Jill) Guetz of Sedalia, daughter Karen(Sven) Folleras of Monument. Six grandchildren; Chelsea(Jaime) Hixson, Kyle Knoebel, Dax Guetz, Chandler Guetz, Jeff Folleras and Chris Folleras. Two great-grandchildren; Ensley and Brooks Hixson. He is also survived by brothers Bill (Janie) Guetz, Burt (LaVerne) Guetz, and sister Mary (Taunce) Mathiason. He is preceded by wife Florence and sister Laura.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver or the Colorado Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
A Celebration of Life service will be June 18, 2018 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Columbine Country Club.