Gordon Douglas Guy
Gordon Douglas Guy, better known as Gord, Gordy, Gordo, or Gordon, went to join his parents, Marney and Doug Guy, on March 15, 2022. Although his battle with Cancer was very short, he chose to accept the outcome with grace and dignity, the way he lived his life.
Born in Honolulu June 25, 1951, Gordon graduated from Kalani High School in 1970. He got into the restaurant business at Chuck’s Steak House Hawaii Kai, and went from dishwasher to Manager in 2 years. In 1975 he moved to Las Vegas to work with friends, in 1980 Gordon moved to Lubbock, Texas, to open and Manage the first Elephant Bar and Restaurant under David Nancarrow’s guidance. Over the next 28 years he opened most of the Elephant Bars in Several states.
In 1984, Gordon found a new way to live his life that actually saved his life, His foundation was solid, his acceptance was sincere, and he managed to “pay it forward” many ways. In 2013, Gordon was hired as the Executive Director of Santa Barbara New House. “If you love your work it is not a job”’. Gordon found his dream work where he walked his talk and loved his life’s endeavors. Gordon was never too busy for anyone. He worked for the “Good of the Whole’. He was involved in the Community of Santa Barbara in many ways and will be missed by all he knew.
Gordon will be sorely missed by his sisters, Wendy (Steve) Goodenow of Honolulu and Julie (Peter) Vandervoort of Mexico, his Niece Sarhana (Steve) Livingston of Virginia, a close companion, Lily, in Los Angeles, and many dearly loved associates at New House.
Anyone wishing to remember Gordon, and honor his work with the Community, can make a donation directly to this Santa Barbara New House link. www.sbnewhouse.org
On Sunday, April 24, we will gather at 200pm at The Veterans Hall in Santa Barbara to share stories and to honor and remember Gordon’s Life.