Michael Vincent Guzman November 15, 1973 - July 8, 2006 Michael Vincent ("Vinny") Guzman passed away on July 8, 2006. He was born on November 15, 1973 in Inglewood, CA. Vinny, the youngest of three brothers, was the son of Victor Guzman and Sharon Guzman, both of whom are long time El Segundo residents. Vinny's father (a U.S. Army veteran and Los Angeles Police Officer) passed away in 1998 when Vinny was only 25 years old. Vinny graduated from Saint Bernard High School in 1991. Vinny became a certified Emergency Medical Technician after high school and volunteered as an Explorer Scout with the Inglewood Fire Department. After seeing that a career in law enforcement was more fitting for him, Vinny followed in his father's footsteps. After serving briefly as a reserve police officer with the Culver City Police Department, Vinny was hired as an El Segundo Police Officer in 1995. Early in his career, Vinny was awarded the distinguished Medal of Valor for heroism in the line of duty by risking his own life to save another. During Vinny's 11 year career, he has worked as a field training officer, a member of the South Bay Platoon, and as a detective assigned to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Vinny was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2004. After a lengthy bout of chemotherapy followed by two extremely invasive surgeries and a long recovery period, Vinny beat his cancer and his health was completely restored. Vinny was well known and widely respected by his peers. He had the ability to befriend others in so many different walks of life. He gave of himself on a regular basis, never asking for anything in return. Vinny was routinely witnessed to care for the needs of others while placing his own needs aside, including the time when he battled cancer. Vinny's passion in life was his music. Vinny was an accomplished musician and was two semesters shy of a bachelor's degree in music from Loyola Marymount University. He played the guitar and the oboe; however, his most wonderful achievements were made with the piano. Vinny was a devoted and instrumental part of the Saint Anthony Catholic Church choir in El Segundo. Vinny's life was cut short on July 8 following a tragic boating accident while he was on vacation. He was only 32 years old. He is survived by his mother Sharon, his brothers Don and Joey, Don's wife Alma, their daughters Elyse and Iris, Joey's wife Akiko, and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Vigil Service Friday, July 14, 2006 at 7PM and Funeral Mass Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 10AM both at St. Anthony Church, El Segundo with committal in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Anthony's Parish or Norris Cancer Center.

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  1. Thank You Sharon for letting us get to know Vinny,Physically and Spiritually,we will always remember him as a gifted and caring individual, So unique in his own way and loved by so many that knew him. That contagious smile we will never forget .Thank you for letting us be a part of his life and also yours. His smile will forever be embedded in our hearts as long as we live. “”Til we meet again Vinny ,Rest in peace””You are gone but never will be forgotten. We Love You. The Caldwell Family Bill, Sandy,Sammy and Eric

  2. Dear Sharon and Family, May our Blessed Mother be with your family during this time. We are keeping all of you in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy, Gregg, Gina, Mary, Julia, Grace, Charlie and baby Hoffman

  3. Vinny, Thank you for being funny, sharing your parents with me when we were growing up, teaching me to swim in your pool, and always being the robber with me when we played cops and robbers with Joey and Joanna. I will always remember that you had more stickers than me in your sticker album. Thank you for giving me the metallic cat ones. I really liked those. I was blessed to have you as a friend. Love Always, Jenni

  4. Dear Sharon, Don, Alma, Elyse, Iris, Joey, Akiko and all the rest of Vinny’s wonderful family, From the time I (Linda) first moved to El Segundo when Vinny was 9, I cannot remember not loving him like my own. Jim came to feel the same way about him, albeit years later . Vinny just had that way about him. Vinny is the lucky one. We are the ones who have to learn to live in a world without Vinny in it. Vinny is directing God’s choirs now and playing pranks on the other Angels. We mortals will have to learn how to muddle through. We can only hope that he will hope to show us how. We are all so blessed for having had Vinny in our lives. Thank you for sharing him with us. Love, Linda and Jim Roberts

  5. What a wonderful tribute to Vinny. He was loved by family, friends and it showed!…….:)

  6. Dearest Guzman Family… Iwas shocked to hear of Joey’s death via the radio news.. I immdediatley phoned by parents where I told them that I remembered Joey from CCD at Saint Anthony’s church where my family were members for decades. I read about this tragedy and feel angry that it happened and took such a vibrant happy guy away from us.. I havn’t seen Joey in years but that doesn’t matter… I join with you in grieving for his loss and am mad He is gone… my prayers go to the family including his brother Michael whom I knew years ago and his wonderful mom whom I have memories of growing up as a child….. May you be blessed and have peace during this time…. sincerely Jeff Williams

  7. My deepest apology for confusing both brothers of the Guzman family…. I’m so embarrassed… I’m sorry… I just got back from IV sedation dentestry…Jeff Williams

  8. Please accept my condolences. Michael was a piano student of mine at LMU and it was a pleasure, privilege and and an honor to know him. I liked and respected him very much. He will be very missed. Thank you for the beautiful service on Saturday. Sincerely, Wojciech Kocyan

  9. Dear Guzman Family, I met Vinny at St Bernard High School. It was during our senior year that I got to know him. He was such a good guy. I was fortunate to run into him a couple of years ago at St. Anthony. I will always remember his humor and kind heart. The world needs more Vinny’s.

  10. Dear Vinny, Charades will never feel the same without you. You were the only one who could humble my brother and me when it came to superman. You truly are a great friend and I’ll miss that hearty handshake and insatiable appetite. To the rest of the Guzman family, I’ve only known you a short while, but I am truly blessed to have known a family so deeply rooted in their faith and values. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I’ll miss ya “dude”, Maclyn


  12. My sincere and deepest sympathy to the family. What a great loss to you and to our community! What a wonderful tribute to his life, this video. May God’s peace and the comfort of friends and good memories guide your hearts. My love and thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Suzanne Owen, Meghan and Kathleen Coffey

  13. I spent six months together with Vinny attending the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy. What a wonderful person. He was the one who always had the smile on his face and kept our (small) class together. He will definately be missed. Julie Beckman (Johnston) Costa Mesa PD

  14. I am greatly saddened by our loss. Vinny was a great guy with a great personality… thank you for the many laughs Vinny. I could always count on Vinny to have my back. Thank you Vinny! My condolence to Vinny’s loved ones. Vinny I’ll see you one day in His presence! Bill Sinko Retired Police Officer ESPD #368

  15. Sharon and Family, I was deeply saddened to hear of Vinnys untimely passing. All I could think about were the joyous times we shared at Christmas, when he would be playing the piano and singing Christmas carols. My deepest heart felt sympathy and condolences to the entire family. Joe Snyder

  16. Dear Guzman Family, We are deeply saddened by your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers daily. May your faith continue to strengthen you during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy. Joseph, Ibi, Jessica, Jojo & Andrew

  17. When I think of Vinny I think of halloween. Mom and I would bring the twins over and visit while the boys would take them out to trick or treat. My heart goes out to you. My prayers are with you.

  18. I met Vinny in the academy and we became good friends. My wife and I went to Disneyland with him the week before his passing to meet up with another friend of ours Vinny knew as well. I spoke with him a few times about all he had been through – and found that his courage and faith became an inspiration to me. We attended his funeral at Saint Anthony’s and at Holy Cross Cemetery I felt deeply for his family watching Vinny being laid to rest – it was too much to bear. One thing I know for sure is that Vinny is in Heaven, and I feel when I pray I have a friend up there next to God who will listen. I miss Vinny incredibly – a friend like him is truly rare – and I am honored to have him in my life. My prayers are with you Sharon, Don and Joey – forever and always. Joe & Sherri Poelstra

  19. My husband, Bob, and I would just like to let you know what fond memories we have of Vinny. He and our son,Andy, spend time together at our home. Vinny was also so thoughtful and fun. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Suzi and Bob Gulcher

  20. Hello to the family of Vinny. I found out not to long ago about the tragic accident of your precious son, brother, and uncle. I hope you have found peace within your hearts and healing has begun. I was a classmate with Vinny back at St. Anthony’s School years ago. I remember him to be kindhearted and friendly to ALL, even at a young age. My aunt, Wendy Daly, told me of the news. My love extends to you all, Kelly Wilking Webb.

  21. I didnt get a chance to meet him but the Guzman Family are really good friends of my Cousin Sandy and she has told me alot about them in the past, my prayers and thoughts go out to his Family may he RIP..Lee

  22. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Office Michael Guzman. Your dedication and support to the Customs and Border Protection mission will not go unnoticed. The Customs and Border Protection Family at LAX.

  23. Dear Sharon and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers. May your many friends and family give you the strength and support at this time. With our deepest sympathy, Jane, Tim, Austin, Spencer, and Courtney Sprotte

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