No Place Like Home

Sep 18, 2012 7:06 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Large crowd expected at SLO Mission for memorial for Joe Guidetti

Mission San Luis Obispo is likely to be really crowded tomorrow as the community gathers to say so long to longtime San Luis Obispo Cattleman Joe Guidetti.

Guidetti was a well-known, third generation local aggie, who was honored as San Luis Obispo County Agriculturalist of the year, Cattleman of the year, was president of the Caballeros trail ride, the Kiwanis club San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and inducted into the Mid-State Fair hall of fame, just to mention of few of his deep deep connections to the community.

And where you saw Joe perhaps most often was behind the barbecue at any fundraiser or function to benefit a cause locally. His unique cowboy cuisine was showcased in Sunset magazine 1993, but he was as humble of a man as they come. He loved people and people loved him. You could not be greeted by his smile, and not have your spirits lifted. He was another reason there is No Place Like Home here on the Central Coast. He is part of what makes this area so special.

Guidetti died Monday surrounded by family and friends. He was 84. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the Old Mission San Luis Obispo, followed, appropriately, by a barbecue at Trinity Hall, 6565 Edna Road in San Luis Obispo.

In memory of Joe, donations may be made to the Joe Guidetti Memorial Scholarship, Animal Science Dept., 1 Grand Ave., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.

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