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Quintus "Bud" Adkins Guthrie

October 7, 1934 — February 20, 2024

Quintus "Bud" Adkins Guthrie


Quintus “Bud” Adkins Guthrie, a long-time resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away on February 20, 2024.


Born in Santa Monica, California, on October 7, 1934, to Mima and Clyde Guthrie, Bud spent his formative years in Venice and Culver City with his parents and younger sister. At Hamilton High School Bud was elected president of the Letterman’s and Barons Clubs, and at graduation his classmates chose him as having the “Best Smile.” He distinguished himself as co-captain on the high school football team, and he was extremely proud to have been selected to play on the All-City Team. At UCLA, he majored in finance and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity. 


During high school and college, Bud worked for Helm’s Bakery, a job that helped him pay for college and save for travels. After graduating, Bud embarked on his much-anticipated, four-month-long hitchhiking and driving trip through Europe. In subsequent years, he and Sharon, his wife of 61 years, were fortunate to be able to travel extensively, with Carmel, Hawaii, the UK, and Italy among their favorite destinations. In the past two decades, they traveled to Northern California frequently to visit their beloved six grandchildren. 


Bud enjoyed a successful career as a stockbroker at Sutro & Company. He retired after 46 years as senior vice president, investments, for RBC Wealth Management, which had acquired the company. His “East Coast” hours in the Downtown Los Angeles office allowed him, along with Sharon, to be very active in the lives of their children. Bud was instrumental in the formation of the Palos Verdes (youth) Basketball Association, and he served as a board member and president of the league; he coached basketball, soccer, and softball; he was the packmaster of Cub Scout pack 922; and he was in the stands at all of his kids’ sporting events and performances. Both he and Sharon supported and served in multiple community service organizations. They have lived on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for over 50 years.


Bud loved sports and especially enjoyed playing tennis and golf; he was proud to be a member of Virginia Country Club. He also loved the beach and took full advantage of a membership at Portuguese Bend Beach Club. Passionate about California Impressionist paintings, he and Sharon built an impressive collection. He was a connoisseur of great wines and great food, and he was an accomplished amateur chef. Bud loved playing Gin Rummy, shooting pool, and cheering on the Bruins, and he enjoyed the company of long-time friends. 


From a young age, Bud, who came from a long line of talented musicians, lent his tenor voice to family jam sessions, and his children share great memories of learning how to harmonize on summer road trips. He also played guitar, ukulele, and harmonica.


Bud is survived by his wife, Sharon; their children Kathleen Woods (Braden), Carrie Guthrie (Kathy Passmore), and Kevin Guthrie (Molly); and their grandchildren Jake and Emmett Guthmore, and Chloe, Ellie, Quinn, and Grace Guthrie; and many dear friends.


The family extends gratitude to the Canterbury Caring Suites staff and the Silverado Hospice Team for their compassionate care. 


A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 18, at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church (26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, California). If you are unable to attend, consider raising a glass of a great wine, or treating yourself to a scoop of your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream, while watching a beautiful sunset, and toasting Bud. 



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Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Pacific time)

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, CA

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