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Guess, Michael
February 27, 1953 - December 31, 2010
Studio City, CA--Michael Leroy "Rudy" Guess, 57, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2010 at his Studio City home. The cause of death was Renal Cell Carcinoma.

Born in Miami, FL to parents Ivan "Ike" and Shirley Guess, Rudy grew up in both Florida and Scottsdale, AZ. As a young boy, he picked up a guitar, which became his first love and his livelihood. He studied multiple instruments in elementary school and high school, participated in the Saguaro High School marching band and began to play in rock bands with his friends. Rudy studied music and songwriting in college, and then devoted his time to being a full-time musician, traveling around the US, playing in various bands, and eventually settling in Los Angeles. He wrote and recorded his own songs, later becoming engineer, and producer in his own studio, recording demos and albums for himself and other artists.

One of those artists was Carole King. She was so impressed by Rudy's work and personality that she made him her musical director and co-producer on a number of her albums. Rudy then became a core member of her live band and toured extensively with her. In recent years, Rudy wrote music for commercials, film and television. As an artist, he wrote and produced songs for his own CDs: "Rudy and the Surf Kings", "El Surfeador", "Rudy and the Surf Kings Do Christmas", and with The Rudy Guess Orchestra recorded "Still Lucky", a Big Band orchestra recording.

Rudy was blissfully married to Lorna Guess for 28 memorable years. They enjoyed a life filled with music, travel, and their cherished pets. They lovingly built their home over the years, making it a reflection of their interests and tastes. It was a warm place where family and friends were always welcome, especially at the Rudy Bar.

Rudy had a profound influence on many people he met and worked with and will be remembered by his smile and his special ease.

He is survived by his wife Lorna Guess; their three dogs, Lilly, Natasha and Zooey; his parents, Ike and Shirley Guess of Phoenix, AZ; his brother and sister-in-law Mitch and Teri Guess, and their children Matthew and Kimberly Guess of Clifton, VA; his nephews Brandon Miller, Josh Miller and Jason Moulding; and countless dear friends everywhere.

A service is planned for Rudy's birthday, February 27, 2011, at Hollywood Forever in Hollywood, CA. It will be a celebration of Rudy's life, filled with stories and song. For more information, please contact Hollywood Forever at 877-844-3837. Please visit www.RudyGuess.com or www.facebook.com/people/Rudy-Guess/694845804.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rudy's name to Tower Cancer Research Foundation or the Kidney Cancer Research Fund at Cedars-Sinai to fight papillary II renal cell carcinoma.

For contributions made to Tower Cancer Research Foundation, donations can be made by phone with Sarah Watters (310-205-5768), or via their website (www.towercancerfoundation.org). On the website "Donate" page, donations should be earmarked to the "General Fund", "In Memory of Rudy Guess". Checks can also be made out to "Tower Cancer Research Foundation" and mailed to Tower Cancer Research Foundation, 9090 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (in the memo section of the check, please write "In Memory of Rudy Guess").

For contributions made to The Kidney Cancer Research Program at Cedars-Sinai, donations can be made via their website (www.discoveringforlife.org) by clicking on the orange "Make a Gift" button. The Designation should be "Cancer" and the Tribute Type should be "In Memory of". Please enter "Rudy Guess" in the Honoree section (do not check the box below Honoree).
Checks can also be made out to "Kidney Cancer Research Program at Cedar-Sinai" and mailed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Community Relations and Development, Attn: Marina Gudelman, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (in the memo section of the check, please write "In Memory of Rudy Guess").

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2011
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