Vincent Thomas Guinta, 84, passed away on Saturday, May 11, surrounded by family, at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.
Vince was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Salvatore and Antoinette Guinta. He was a 1952 graduate of the Brooklyn Boys High School, and a 1956 graduate of the University of Wyoming.
Vince was an accomplished football player at the University of Wyoming. He was a three-time letterman, playing linebacker on defense and center on offense. Vince was an honorable mention All-American in 1955 and 1956. He was a member of the Cowboys’ winning 1955 Sun Bowl team and on the 1956 undefeated Skyline Championship team.
His 1956 team was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of fame in 2001. Vince was also inducted in University of Wyoming Athletics hall of fame as an individual player in 2017. The young man from Brooklyn, New York, was proud to be a Wyoming Cowboy!
Vince played professional football for the Denver Broncos and the New York Titans. He spent most of his career as a teacher and coach. He taught art and physical education, coached football and wrestling at Rock Springs High School, Long Beach (New York) High School, Wheatland High School and, finally, Kemmerer High School. Vince and his wife, Jayne, owned and operated several businesses in Kemmerer including Paisans Pizza, Music Center/Video Time, Bridgerland Polaris and Cowboy Bail Bonds.
He was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Vince loved sharing his life’s stories. He was proud of his accomplishments and simply loved sharing memories of the “good ol’ days.” Vince had a passion for restoring and collecting vintage cars and attending car shows. He loved his morning coffee group and lunch at the senior center, in both Kemmerer and Cottonwood, Arizona, where he wintered. While in Arizona, he was an active member of the Elk (2014-15 Elk of the Year) and Moose clubs, Sons of the American Legion and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jayne; his brother, Sal Jr.; and son-in-law, Larry Kominsky.
His is survived by his children, Gina Kominsky and Vincent J. (Linda) Guinta; grandchildren, Vincent J. (Emily) Guinta, Brooklyn (Jared) Riding, Spencer (Susie) Hanney, Candice (Gentry) Densley, A.J (Kimberly) Guinta and Erica (Marcus) Berge; and great-grandchildren, Mason, Ashlyn, Dustee, Otto, Tylee, Ruby, Flora, Vincent M., Dillon and baby Densley due next month.
Rosary and funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kemmerer, with the Rosary being held on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m., and funeral service on May 17, at 10 a.m. Interment at 2 p.m. in Evanston.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.