John Paul Guzik
1936 - 2012
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John Paul Guzik

John Paul Guzik, 75, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012. He was born July 12, 1936, in Lawrence, PA., to John and Alveria Guzik.

He attended college at the University of Pittsburgh where he played Panther Football. He was a college All-American middle linebacker and offensive guard. He was a team captain at the East/West Game, Hula Bowl, and the College All-Star Game. After graduation, he played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams, #65, linebacker.

John married and moved to Monterey County where he lived for 50 years, and raised three sons. He owned and operated Agri-Packaging and Guzik's Good Humus. He was a past president at Corral de Tierra Country Club where he liked to play golf and cards.

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Janet Guzik of Salinas; his brother, Robert Guzik of Phoenix; his sons, Matt (Deni) Guzik of Carmel Valley, and Todd Guzik of Gonzales; his grandchildren, Ashley (Mike) Schelcher, James (Kate) Guzik, Robyn Guzik, and John Michael Guzik; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Keith Guzik.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support. There will be a gathering to celebrate John's life on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Corral de Tierra Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Foundation at: or 80 Garden Ct., Suite 201, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Published in The Salinas Californian from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2012.
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February 21, 2012
To the family
I new John in Carmel Valley back in the 70'. What a great guy, We all had great time at Wolters market. Last time i saw John was at los pobres party with Matt.
I allways wanted to see him again, but did have chance. I am very sorry for his passing
Rod de Leon
Rod de Leon
February 10, 2012
Iwas John's teammate[QB] and friend. Remember his huge 8 cylinder Packard which seemed to fit his personality,that is bigger than life. We enjoyed those years at Pitt. God richly bless you all!!
Cornelius Salvaterra
February 9, 2012
I remember John as a great athlete and friend at Pitt during our college days.
The family has my deepest sympathy.

Jim Lenhart- '58
February 9, 2012
I was sorry to hear about John. I have fond memories of him from our Pitt days. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

"Bugs" Bagamery, Pitt '57
February 6, 2012
Dear Jan & Guzik Family,
My cousin "Sonny" and brother Bob were very special to me and my departed brother Ron, a high school classmate of Bob. We all grew up in Lawrence, PA and enjoyed a wonderful childhood. Ron & I spent many a evening with Sonny & Bob renting rooms at the Guzik's Locust Grove Motel in our teen years. John & Bob had the evening shift after school, and then Big John would stay overnight. In the morning my Aunt Vera and her sister, my mother Yolanda would come and clean the rooms.
We all followed John when he played at Pitt, and were thrilled seeing him on the Bob Hope All American show. He was a terrific athlete.
My wife Gerry and I wish we could have known your family better, as we only had one visit to John's home a few years ago. We sure hope our paths will cross in the future, because we would really like to share some of our reflections of Sonny with you.

Ed Patnesky
Franklin, VA
Ed Patnesky
February 4, 2012
Dear Todd and family, Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family. We hope special memories of your dad will bring comfort to you.
Teresa Family-Dan, Donna, Anthony, Lindsey
February 4, 2012
Todd, Matt and Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. Your dad was a good man and we will all miss him from Converted Organics.
Walter Lorente
February 2, 2012
Dear Todd,
My families prayers are with you. I have fond memories of your Dad sharing our time together at Palma. May the Lord's comfort be with all the Guzik family.

Coach "Mac" , Nancy & Jaynie
February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012
Dear Janet and Family,
My prayers are with you and John's departed soul. What a great person he was. We grew up together in Lawrence, PA, and I have very fond memories of those early years. John was a guard, and I was the center, on the Cecil High Bulldogs Football Team. We also caddied at St. Clair Country Club together, and we hunted together with our fathers. John never forgot his roots and old friends. I was alerted to his passing by one of our high school teammates, Harry Krall, who now lives in California. John always said that it is amzazing that a "rag tag" bunch of kids like us all went on to do well. John was a great man, and he left his footprint.
My prayers and sympathy,
Bill Morgan
Bill Morgan
February 1, 2012
Dear Jan and Family,
Our hearts go out to all of you. We are fortunate to have our good memories of the fun times we had, especially during the time when Hal was with us. We share your sorrow and your loss.
Peggy and Dean
February 1, 2012
John was such a great man. I always had admiration for him. I'm sorry he is no longer with us. May his family find peace during this difficult time. Holly Austin
February 1, 2012
Matt and Todd, I am sorry for your loss, your Dad was a great friend
Juliana Amaral
February 1, 2012
To all the family and friends of Mr. Guzik,my heart and prayers I send to you. I met Mr. Guzik back around 1982 as at that time I cleaned houses and his was one. I knew all the boys as well as his then girlfriend,Janet. I once suggested to Mr. Guzik that Janet was a keeper,I guess he listen.When I got married in 1986,Mr Guzik gave me a large beautiful painting as a wedding present,that I'd mention one time that I liked it,I still have it.I remember when Keith passed away,he was a good kid.Even though this is a sad time,it also is a happy time by knowing in your hearts that Keith was there with arms opened,welcoming his Dad. God Bless Linda Hillman
Linda Hillman
February 1, 2012

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

My fondest memories of your father will coincide with our Palma High School years.

God Bless

Victor Brito
Victor Brito
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