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John Michael Guttery

August 5, 1970 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 53) 53 Years Old

John Guttery Obituary

John Michael Guttery, 53, of St. Paul, Minnesota passed away on February 3, 2024, after living courageously with glioblastoma for five years. Although he left this world much too soon, he left an indelible mark on all our hearts.

John was a Texan at heart, and a staunch Texas Longhorns fan, no matter where he lived. He was born on August 5, 1970, in Austin, TX to Mary Dee (Cooper) Guttery and John Taylor Guttery. John attended McCallum High School (class of 1988), and St. Edward’s University (class of 1993). He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History. John played golf and was captain of his Hilltoppers baseball team. Teammates fondly remember him dragging the infield in his ‘82 Toyota Tercel with its “Native Nut” bumper sticker, while blasting disco music.

John met his wife and best friend, Amy, at Kerbey Lane Cafe in Austin after a Longhorns football game in 1992. Their first date was over pancakes at that same restaurant, and they fell head over heels in love. They married in November 1994, and so began a partnership of 29 years filled with love, adventure, laughter, and a whole lot of John’s antics.

John and Amy’s early years together were a whirlwind of jobs, new cities, and welcoming kids into their family. In Houston, John worked for Advance and later, Crown Equipment Corporation, along the way earning an MBA at the University of Houston in 1998. That same year their first daughter, Kate, was born. In 1999, the family relocated to Danville, CA with Crown Equipment Corporation, and they had their second daughter, Julia.

Next came Vancouver, British Columbia in 2001, where John began his tenure with Hilti, a company that would nurture his growth as a business leader. Their son, Will, was born in 2002. Outings to Spanish Banks beach and ski trips to Whistler were family favorites. The next year, the family relocated to Tulsa, OK with Hilti, where John worked in a variety of leadership positions and was a member of their Executive Management Team. He was also the architect of their Executive DE&I Council. In 2008, John survived his first serious health crisis, calling on his signature mix of grit and courage, with family and friends by his side. They moved to Panama City, Panama in 2010 where John served as Region Head, Latin America, and was a member of Hilti Group’s Executive Management Team. The family cherished their time together there, which included trips to Bijao beach and adventures beyond. John was a curious and enthusiastic world traveler.

After many years on the move, the family settled in St. Paul, putting down roots near Amy’s beloved family and the lakes John loved so dearly. In 2015, John began work for Ecolab and held multiple senior executive roles, including SVP, Latin America, Institutional Marketing, and Enterprise Initiatives, where he led a company-wide reorganization in 2018. With Ecolab, he led the Techstars Farm to Fork start-up accelerator program, which drew on one of John’s many strengths, that of coach and mentor. John also had a passion for supporting non-majority and marginalized communities and was a founding member of the Executive Diversity & Inclusion Council. In 2023, John was awarded Ecolab’s CEO Award, the company’s highest honor. He was honored for his inspirational and strategic leadership, using his entrepreneurial mind to build inclusive global communities. John also served on the board of Global Minnesota, a non-profit whose mission is to advance international understanding and engagement. 

John made everyone he met feel special. He made you feel seen and heard. He was the life of the party, telling incredible stories and making others laugh. His ability to quote movies was legendary, as were his dance moves, especially the worm. John was a gifted writer, who wrote with humor and brilliance and a philosophical heart.

John’s greatest pride and joy was his family. He loved coaching his kids’ soccer and baseball teams (nicknaming each player), and later, cheering them from the sidelines. He was never happier than when he was hanging out with his kids on the couch, watching Caddyshack. He loved his morning runs with Amy. He was a scratch golfer. He loved watching the Texas Longhorns play, Chuy’s Tex Mex, and some quality Texas bbq. He loved his quiet time with coffee, reading and listening to Jerry Jeff Walker. And he adored his dog, Bevo.

In addition to countless friends and family members whose lives he touched, he is survived by his wife, Amy, and his three children, Kate, Julia, and Will. All of his kids carry his love, strength, and talent into the world. John is also survived by his three siblings: Susan Wade, Daryl Wade, and Jocelyn McConnell (Michael).

A visitation will be held from 4-6 pm on Friday, February 9 at O’Halloran & Murphy funeral home in St. Paul (575 South Snelling Avenue).  A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday, February 10 at Church of the Assumption in St. Paul (51 West 7th Street), with a visitation one hour prior. 

We would like to thank the staff at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, Duke University, CeGat (Tuebingen, Germany), our caregivers, and Our Lady of Peace Hospice team for their amazing care of John. We would also like to thank his employers, Ecolab and Hilti, for their incredible compassion, kindness, and grace.

It was John's wish to establish a scholarship for a baseball player in need at St. Edward's University, where he so loved the community. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in John's memory to the John Michael Guttery '93 memorial scholarship fund at St. Edward's University (https://bit.ly/JGutterySEU).

Alternatively, please consider a gift towards cancer research to Provenance Precision Medicine (https://provenanceprecisionmedicine.org/), a not-for-profit founded by Dr. Saskia Biskup, whose groundbreaking work changes the lives of those affected by cancer (including glioblastoma).

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Visitation
Friday
February 9, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
O'Halloran & Murphy St. Paul
575 S. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116

24 Hour Viewing
Saturday
February 10, 2024

9:00 AM
Assumption Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
February 10, 2024

10:00 AM
Assumption Catholic Church

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