Guido Joseph Mei was born in McCloud, California on November 12, 1923. His father Mario Mei and mother Maria Bertoucci immigrated to the United States around 1920.

Guido’s older sister Guglielmina and he were raised in McCloud and the family was part of the milling community.

Guido graduated from high school in 1943 and served his country with the 800th Battalion of B Battery Anti Aircraft Division as a lookout and lateral gun pointer.

He then attended St. Mary’s College with a football scholarship and played with the Wiz Kids in the 12th annual Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1946 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans against Oklahoma A & M.

Guido returned to McCloud and became self-employed in the food delivery business with Borden’s Dairy Products and Granny Goose Snack Foods. He later opened a clothing store named Mr. G with his wife Anita in Dunsmuir. He retired in 1985.

Guido was loved by his community; named Dunsmuir Citizen of the Year in 1980; and felt honored to have been called Mr. Dunsmuir and the man with the 10,000 watt smile.

Guido passed away peacefully on October 5, 2010 with family and caregiver by his side.

His surviving children are Sister Mary Joseph of Ventura, Michael Mei of Dunsmuir and Marty Mei of Fairfield. His grandchildren are Dacota Mei of Dunsmuir and Jesse Mei of Mount Shasta.

A Mass of Christian Burial and internment will be held Monday, October 18 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dunsmuir.

A memorial service was held Saturday, October 9 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dunsmuir.

Arrangements were made by Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.