Gary Douglas Guinn

Gary Douglas Guinn, 57, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Born in Levelland, Texas, Mr. Guinn was a son of Harland Wesley Guinn and the late Dora Grace Lindsey Guinn. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Navy for 10 years active duty and seven years in the reserves. He achieved the rank of quartermaster senior chief and was nuclear submarine qualified. Mr. Guinn was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. He earned a technical degree in quality assurance, a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and completed all of the course work for master's degrees in environmental engineering and nuclear engineering (health physics). He was a member of the American Health Physicist Society, American Nuclear Society and the National Register of Environmental Professionals. He was a certified environmental manager, and a safety trained supervisor. He was employed with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions at the Savannah River Site doing special projects for the executive vice president of operations. Immediately prior to joining SRNS, he worked for KeySource as a consultant, most recently supporting the SRNS proposal and transition. Prior to that, he was employed by Washington Group in its Denver operations center and for one of its subsidiary companies at Rocky Flats. While in the Denver office, Mr. Guinn had responsibilities in the Project Controls Group, accumulating all the financial reporting in the western United States. At Rocky Flats, Mr. Guinn was the compliance manager for the Decontamination and Decommissioning Group and was responsible for many DOE complex firsts, including Building 779, the first plutonium contaminated building decontamination and demolition. Mr. Guinn started at INEEL, where he served as an environmental expert and radiological engineer. He also coached little league, softball, soccer and was a leader with the Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and was an Explorer Badge counselor. He was also in a darts league. Survivors include his loving wife, Linda Ann Jenson Guinn of Aiken; a daughter, Mindy Leigh Guinn and her husband, W. Joe Hardy, of Westminster, Colo.; a son, Aaron J. Guinn of Aiken; his father, Harland Wesley Guinn of Hemet, Calif.; a sister Valary Guinn of Fremont, Calif.; and a brother, Mark Guinn of Madera, Calif. The family will be having an open house this Sunday, Feb, 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the family home in Cedar Creek, 154 Veranda Lane. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125-2118; the American Red Cross, 267 Laurens St., Aiken, SC 29801; or the hospice of your choice. Please visit the online memorial at