Let the memory of Guy be with us forever.
  • 63 years old
  • Born on January 25, 1956 in Sacramento, California, United States.
  • Passed away on June 19, 2019 in Reno, Nevada, United States.

Guy Charles Kelley III was born on January 25, 1956 to his parents Guy Kelley Jr. and Marilyn "Mimi" Nicolaus Kelley in Sacramento, CA. Their family later moved to Carmichael, CA. He attended Del Campo High School and graduated in 1974. 

His love of the mountains and adventure led him to Truckee, CA where he met his former wife Patty Kelley of Truckee. They married in the summer of 1986 and later they had two children, Keema and Kevin.

From childhood, Guy enjoyed a very active, outdoor lifestyle. He enjoyed golf with his longtime buddies, camping and backpacking, snow and water skiing. He introduced his family to these activities, which became their favorite memories. 

Guy was a free spirit, living on his own terms. Always enjoying life to the fullest.

He built his career from the ground up, a general contractor building homes throughout the Sierra Nevada region.

His friends and family know him best through all the funny and maybe not-so-funny stories that are told about his life. Whenever Guy was with you on an adventure, something memorable always happened. So here's a challenge for all of you visiting the site. Tell Guy's entire life story by posting in the "Stories" section one or more stories from your interactions with him.

Guy passed in his sleep on June 19th, 2019 at 1:45pm of liver cirrhosis and kidney failure. His companion and friend, Tia, Keema and Raven were by his side when he left Earthside into The Bright Light. Guy is survived by his sisters Kym Kelley of Truckee and Shawn Kelley of Clear Lake, CA, his children Keema Kelley-Hellebrandt of Truckee and Kevin Kelley of Chico, CA and his granddaughters, Addison and Raven.

Posted by Claudia Chambers on July 30, 2019
Lot's of fun memories that go back before Keema and Kevin were born. My favorite is Guy always calling me Clada! Keema could not pronounce my first name when she was a baby, she called me Clada, Guy called me that always! I believe Guy left this world in Peace and those that loved him will always be thankful. I pray that Keema, Kevin, Kym and Shawn will hang on to the precious times and know time is a healer. All My Love, keeping you all in my prayers. Clada
Posted by Shawn Kelley on July 23, 2019
Love to the one and only brother I had, I always loved you. I will always be grateful to you for how you gave me support in my life. I thank you for making my life better with all the music and the good times we shared. It's a shame that I was not ever invited to be part of your adventures in life with you and your family. I will always love and miss you.
Posted by Kym Kelley on July 22, 2019
We had a lot of great times together and made so many memories. I miss you more than I can say. Thank you for being my big brother and sharing all our wonderful adventures together. I'll love you forever.
Posted by Keema Kelley on July 14, 2019
I miss you.
Posted by NATALIE Nelson on June 27, 2019
The photos are really fantastic - Guy is so photogenic!  I think back to Guy's spirit of generosity - he always included us in outings and hanging out together at the house. He was the first person - who on a particular hell day in Squaw - to tell me that despite it not making any sense, the more pressure I applied to the front of my skis, the slower I would go - helped tremendously, LOL! When we needed some help on the deck, Guy came over and built a monument to all decks that will last generations. He was hard working with a commitment to execution, and with a talented eye for detail and design. His laugh was easy - his reverence for the outdoors, phenomenal. It was clear he adored his family - I think they are also all extra special so I really appreciated this in him. And now, I am thankful to have had the great opportunity, to have known him.  Blessings to Guy and All! Much Love, Natalie

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