PRICE-Guido Rachiele, owner of Guido's Checkerboard Grocery, returned to our heavenly father on Jan. 31, 2010.
Guido was born in Helper on Nov. 22, 1925 to Salvatore and Rosina Marchese Rachiele. He is one of 11 children. On Oct. 19, 1946, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Hammond. Together they were blessed with 62 years of marriage.
Guido was very proud of his Italian heritage. He spoke both languages and was proud to be an Italian-American. In 2002, Guido was named the Grand Marshall of the Carbon County International Days Parade. He held the position to represent his Italian heritage with great pride.
Guido enjoyed sports of all kinds. Guido looked forward to watching baseball, basketball, football and boxing on TV. In the early 1940s he spent time as an amateur boxer at the Elks Club and for Carbon High School. He spent many years on several different bowling leagues. Most of all he enjoyed playing baseball. He spoke of all the fond memories he had playing ball with his brothers. He was the only one in his family that batted left handed and was great catcher. He played baseball as a child, continued to play through high school, as well as being a part of the state championship teams in 1941 and 1942 for the Helper American Legion. He carried on his love of the game by continuing to play into his 60s for the Old Timer's annual baseball game. In 2005, he was honored to sponsor his great-grandson, Jake's Babe Ruth team, "Guido's" Checkerboard.
At age of 12, Guido started working in the Broadbent Brothers Fruit Stand to help take care of his parents and siblings. Later on he went to work at the Helper Journal and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroads. He had a hand in uranium prospecting with his brothers and father.
Guido was a true Carbon County Democrat and enjoyed being an active part the Carbon County politics. He served four years as a Price City Councilman, 15 years on the Utah Public Service Commission, 16 years as a Carbon County Commissioner and 37 years as the board clerk for the PRWID. Guido received many awards and recognitions for his dedicated service to the community. He received an honorary degree from the College of Eastern Utah. Guido was very dedicated to the economic growth of Carbon County. His letters to the editor supporting the community will surely be missed.
Guido will be most remembered for the 60 years he dedicated to the community as the owner of "Guido's" Checkerboard Grocery. On Feb. 1, 1947, he opened his store that became a Carbon County landmark. He touched the lives of several generations through his gentle, kind heart, whether it was through a free piece of candy for the many children that visited him daily, or a weeks worth of groceries to a family in need. He always made sure each and every person that came into his store knew they were special to him. Guido and his store will be lovingly remembered by all the children buying the penny candy and the old timers that gathered in the back of the store to discuss the daily politics, community news and personal views on life. His big smile and friendly wave will be truly missed.
Guido is survived by his five children; Michael (Larene) Rachiele, Karyn (Kent) Gilbert, Sarena Shorts, Terry (Georgette) Rachiele, Rocky (Shaunna) Rachiele; 19 grandchildren, Kelli, Rylan, Andrea, Victor, Tarena, Deidre, Krista, Loni, Jason, Shauntel, Luke, Crystal, Priscilla, Anthony, Samantha, Jacob, Christy, Heidi, Michael and "adopted" granddaughter Anna; 42 great-grandchildren, and several others that called him grandpa; his three brothers, Sam, Henry, Raymond; two sisters, Mickie and Rosie; as well as several very special nieces and nephews; former son-in-law Doug Shorts; former daughter-in-laws Michelle Chaparro and Valrie Elwell.
Guido is preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy; his parents; three brothers, Al, Orlando, Rudy; two sisters, Helen and Vee; former son-in-law Ray "Sonny" Turner; former daughter-in-law, Alene Rachiele; grandson-in-law Zeph Knighton.
Funeral service, Friday Feb. 5, 2010, 1 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, 800 N. 1400 E. in Price.
In lieu flowers, please donate money to the Children's Justice Center or in honor of Guido. He always wanted to make sure that all the children were taken care of.