George Robert Guyton

George Robert "Bob" Guyton September 19, 1924 – July 26, 2013 George Robert "Bob" Guyton passed away on July 26, at the age of 88. Bob was born September 19, 1924, in Emporia, Kansas to Homer L. and Louise (Holmes) Guyton. He was an only child. He was raised in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, and graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1943. He attended Arkansas State College at Jonesboro, Arkansas and Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas. He was drafted into the Army in 1944, and served in the 66th Panther Infantry Division and the 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division. He was a driver for General Harry Collins in Salzburg, Austria, and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1947, he moved to Green River, Wyoming where he owned and operated a roller skating rink. He also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and was a Staff Sergeant for the Wyoming National Guard. In his last years there, he met his future wife, Maebeth Ridings, who roller skated at his rink. Bob and Maebeth were married February 17, 1952, in Portales, NM. After they were married, they lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and then Portales, New Mexico. In 1954, they moved to Grand Junction. Bob leased land at 2833 North Avenue to build The Sands miniature golf course, which opened in July, 1954. Early in 1955, he purchased two acres of property at 2878 North Avenue. He relocated The Sands to the new acreage and renamed it Tee Off Golf. Six years later, he purchased the Lion's Kiddie Park in Lincoln Park, which had childrens rides. He operated both businesses separately until 1970. After closing the Lion's Kiddie Park, he transported the rides from Lincoln Park and incorporated them in the multi-faceted operation, Guyton's Fun Park. In the beginning, it was a family-operated business, run by his wife, Maebeth, and their three children. Over the years, the park grew to seven acres with new attractions added each year. The park included a miniature golf course, arcade, kiddie rides, and thrill rides, which provided "clean, wholesome recreation" for the entire family. The business became known as Fun Junction Amusement Park in the 1970s. Bob and Maebeth operated the park for 45 years, at which time their son, Kevin, took over the operations. Over the years, the business employed thousands of youths, many who worked there for multiple summers. Bob was a member of Lions Club, Rotary Club, VFW, and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He and his wife loved to travel and made many trips to Europe to see new places, as well as old favorites. He will be greatly missed and remembered by his wife, children, and grandchildren for his hard work, creativity, wit, dry sense of humor, and impact he made on the community. Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Maebeth Guyton of Grand Junction, CO; daughters, Camille Jestrovich of Grand Junction, and Michelle Guyton and husband, Tom Piekenbrock of Longmont, CO, and son, Kevin Guyton and wife, Lori of Paragonah, UT; as well as five grandchildren, Casey, Angelica, and D.J. Jestrovich and McKenzie Burgess and Chaz Guyton, along with six great-grandchildren. The family is grateful for all the love and care provided by his caregivers, most recently GrandView Care Lodge. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Grand Junction Lions Club, PO Box 1948, Grand Junction, CO 81502 or Harden Hospice, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 110, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Please share your memories, stories, or condolences with the family at www.callahan-edfast.com.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Aug. 4, 2013