Cattlewomen honor dad, veteran Guido Bagett for Father’s Day
What is it like to live for a century?
For 101-year-old veteran Guido Bagett, it doesn’t seem like it has been that long.
“Well, I feel like I’m not even 80,” Bagett recently said.
Each year the Mesa County Cattlewomen honor a local father for Father’s Day and give them gift certificates to a restaurant as well as a blanket emblazoned with local brands. This year, Bagett is their honoree.
Guido (he pronounces it “GUY-dough”) Bagett was born in 1912 in northern Italy. He moved to the U.S. in 1914 and traveled across the country with his family — a trip he does not have memories of until stepping off the train in Carbondale.
That’s where Bagett grew up, where his father owned a small grocery store and sold homemade wine. He said he could remember helping his father by smashing the grapes with his feet, the beginning of a long career in the beverage industry.
In 1944 he was drafted into World War II, serving under the famous Gen. George Patton, even fighting at the Battle of the Bulge.
“There was a lot of us that went through the battle,” Bagett said. “I was just lucky, that’s all.”
After returning from the war, he moved to Steamboat Springs where he worked for Coca-Cola for 12 years. In 1966, he moved to Grand Junction and continued working in the beverage industry until retiring at age 70.
A broken ankle in 1999 slowed him a bit, but to this day he rides his exercise bike five to seven miles every day.
“All his life he’s had that drive, that willpower, that determination,” his son Richard said.
A recent highlight was traveling with the first Western Slope Honor Flight in 2009. There, he visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, cast from marble Bagett recalled seeing being transported by train as it passed through Carbondale in 1921.
“There are so many things you look back on, and you don’t think much of them at the time. But, I’ve had a good life,” Bagett said.
It was Bagett’s life experiences and activeness that caught the attention of Cattlewoman Patty Miller.
“We like to honor someone that is in agriculture. He wasn’t, but since he is 101 and served in the military and his kids said he was a wonderful dad, we decided to honor him,” Miller said. “And he likes beef.”
This year the Mesa County Cattlewomen Association is selling five-pound top round roasts pre-cooked by The Ribber Bar-B-Que Catering Inc. for $30. The ordered roasts can be picked up at the Sportsman’s Warehouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. If you would like to reserve a roast, contact Verla Rossi at 270-1176.