You might know Carey Guthrie as this year’s PSAR president-elect. But there’s much more to the blond lady with a nose ring in the shape of a dragon fly who watches closely to avoid rattlesnakes while running six miles nearly every day on hiking trails around Alpine and loves to spend time in her garden of succulents. Her personal motto: “You can always do more than you think you can.”
She grew up on Bonita Mesa Road in Bonita. At age 17, as a senior attending Bonita Vista High School, she got married to a professional motorcycle racer at the time. They were married for 28 years and raised five children together. Her husband later became a contractor, and the couple built and sold custom homes.
A turning point in Carey’s life was when 13-year-old son Ty was riding his bicycle at Mission Trails Park and was hit by car. Doctors told the family that if Ty recovered he might never walk or talk again. After missing his first two years of high school, Ty eventually made a full recovery and today he works for a property management firm.
However, during Ty’s recovery, money was tight due to a recession, the family relocated to a rental home and Carey took a job cleaning model homes. She often took Ty on the job with her. In 1991, when a new homes sales agent yelled at Carey to leave before the sales office opened, Carey decided right then to get her real estate sales license.
During her 20-year sales career, she was a top producer for several companies, responsible for more than 500 transactions. “I’ve worked down in the trenches so I know what it takes,” she said.
Today, Carey manages two La Mesa real estate offices for Windermere So Cal. She has managed a dozen or so offices, and has been responsible for opening five real estate offices during the past decade.
Carey is married to Lon, whom she first saw as the 14-year-old boy on a bicycle in Bonita. About 120 people attended their wedding in 2008 held at their home on Lake Martinez in Yuma, along the Colorado River. Carey and Lon Hooper were married dressed in pirate outfits and barefoot.
Carey’s grown children include: son Jason, a general contractor who has two children; Ty, who also plays the guitar by ear; daughter Christy, a successful breeder of Golden Doodles dogs (a Labrador-poodle mix) who has four children; Tait, who travels the world as an artist of sculptured trees; and, Brittney, a stay-at-home mom.
“I feel so blessed in life,” said Carey, 54. “I have many, dear friends who are always eager to help me and attend PSAR events.”
On May 8, Carey is
organizing PSAR’s first annual chili cook-off and poker tournament to be held
at the PSAR East County Service Center. The fundraiser will benefit the