Phillip E. Guidotti died at home in Guerneville surrounded by family on November 6th, 2013, just 13 days before his 90th birthday. He was born in San Francisco, Nov. 25, 1923, to Jessie Phillips Guidotti and E.J. "Nin" Guidotti, former Sonoma County Supervisor. He spent his life in Guerneville with the exception of 10 years attending school in San Francisco. He met Janet Rico in grammar school in San Francisco and they eventually married years later in 1946. Phil attended Santa Rosa JC until he joined the Navy in 1943. He served as the meteorologist on the USS White Plains in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from Santa Rosa JC. He joined his father at Russian River Realty Co. in Guerneville where he worked as an Insurance and Real Estate Broker. He later purchased the business from his father and operated until retirement in 1993. The business also included operating the Armstrong Valley Water Company until 1999 when sold to California Water Service Company. He worked for perfection at whatever project came to hand, business, community events, and especially cooking. He was a member of the 20-30 Club, the Guerneville Rotary Club, Real Estate and Insurance associations, Santa Rosa Golf and County Club (from the days it was at its former course location), California Water Association as the Small Company Chairman, Russian River Recreation and Park District Board of Directors (including presenting legislation that the Board of Directors be an elected position), Russian River Chamber of Commerce past President, producer and director of the Pageant of Fire Mountain in Guerneville, and among the organizers that revived the Stumptown Daze Parade in Guerneville. During retirement Phil served on the Sweetwater Springs Water District Board of Directors.Promoting the Russian River area as more than a summer resort was a strong goal to which he contributed much time and energy. Among his favorite past times were to cook wonderful meals for friends and family. Being a fan of the SF 49ers, Oakland A's, SF Giants, golf, duck hunting, and other sports brought him much pleasure. Phil traveled often to Italy to enhance his long time expertise in Italian food and wine. Phil was a man of great integrity who will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet, son Jesse of Santa Rosa, daughter Gay Wilson (Don) of Guerneville, granddaughter Angela Larkin (Kyle) of Phoenix, grandson Ben Sinclair of Oakland, sister Barbara Hodes of San Rafael, nephews Bryan and Howard Hodes of Marin, great grandson Owen of Phoenix, and many long time friends at home and in travels. At Phil's request there will be no service. Contributions in Phil's memory can be made to the Santa Rosa JC Foundation's EJ Nin Guidotti Memorial Scholarship Fund (1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401), or the
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, 2013