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1947 James 2022

James Lee Guin

April 22, 1947 — January 25, 2022

James Lee Guin passed away peaceful in his home on January 24, 2022 in Magdalena, NM.

James was born April 22, 1947 in Socorro, NM to Lawrence and Wreathal Fay Guin.

James was raised in Datil, NM where his family built their homestead. He was the youngest of four siblings. James graduated from Magdalena High School and spent his adult life living between the ranch in Datil and his home in Magdalena.

James served in the U.S. Army. When he was home from leave, an incident happened where he became severely burned at his brother’s gas station. He spent many months healing in a hospital with lifelong lasting effects.

He married Mayra Pearl Brunner in June of 1971 and they raised two children; Shane Dean Guin and April Lee Anderson. James and Mayra divorced in 1982.

James remarried to Annemarie Clark in June of 2010 after dating her since January of 1997. Together they raised Annemarie’s children; Micah Bachechi, Meghan Clark, and Seth Russell.

James had a deep love for his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and family. His greatest legacy is caring on his horsemanship through his children and grandchildren. His most admirable quality was his patience. He had the patience to teach and guide others without judgement. His conversations were real, deep, and he gave you his full attention.    

James had a passion for riding horses, especially those with a little spunk. He spent many of hours horse back. Tending to his cows on the ranch was his escape from the world. He cared deeply about his ranch and went to great extents to keep it up. 

James loved to dance. He spent many moments boogying on the dance floor to old school rock and roll, smoothly two-stepping, and spinning to a good polka. If “Silver Wings” by Merle Haggard is playing, he is dancing. In his younger years, he played a little guitar and jam sessions were a regular thing among friends.

James’s funny and silly side cannot go without mention. His unique little quirks made people laugh. A few of James’s famous sound effects were Fred Flintstone’s “Yabba Dabba Doo”, Donald Duck mimics, and Scooby-Doo’s laugh. 

There are several memorable things about James that most people remember and that is him having a parrot named Pete, wolves, emus, and a llama. These were unique animals that James loved and care deeply for.

As a believer in Christ, James persevered through many incidents and health problems. Staying strong in his faith through it all is his testimony. He will be truly missed. There is comfort in knowing God’s loving arms are holding him and he is pain free!

Survivors include Annemarie Guin of Magdalena, NM; Shane and April Guin of Casa Grande, AZ; John and April Anderson of Sonoita, AZ; Micah and Sarah Bachechi of Albuquerque, NM; Meghan Clark of Albuquerque, NM; and Seth and Tasha Guerro-Russell of Albuquerque, NM.

James’s grandchildren include Naiya Guin of Las Cruces, NM; Colton Guin of Casa Grande, AZ; Brent Anderson of Sonoita, AZ; Ryan Anderson of Sonoita, AZ; Olivia “Olive” Clark of Magdalena, NM; and Dahni “Sweet Pickle” Clark of Magdalena, NM.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Wreathal Fay and siblings Ed, Gracie, and Ambers.

Special thanks to James’s nieces Donna McCormick and Sandi Mayer for their dedication in supporting him during his most difficult times over the last few years. 

Pallbearers include: Shane Guin, John Anderson, Jack Guin, Wilson Guin, Micah Bachechi, and Seth Russel.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Colton Guin, Brent Anderson, Ryan Anderson, and Ricky Rael.

Viewing is on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services located at 309 Garfield Ave, Socorro, NM 87801.

Service is on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Charles Ifeld building located at 200 N. Main St., Magdalena, NM. Graveside service to follow. Ending back at the Charles Ifeld building for lunch and fellowship.

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