Guillermo “Memo” Pino

Guillermo “Memo” Pino

San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Death 5 May 2012 (aged 24)
San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Bonita, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 151601498 · View Source
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Guillermo "Memo" Pino Jr., July 6, 1987 – May 5, 2012, was born in San Diego, CA in 1987. Son of Guillermo and Martha Pino. He is the eldest brother to three younger sisters, Michelle, Danielle, and Camille. Memo was very family oriented and could always be found around his family and friends. He experienced the world with a "larger than life" attitude and gave us even a larger, contagious and charismatic smile.

In 2009, a model student as labeled by his teachers, he graduated from Mission Bay High School with honors and 4.6 GPA. Thereafter, he graduated from UCSD, where he majored in psychology and was planning on becoming a clinical psychologist, following his life passion of helping others in need.

As a young boy, Memo enjoyed playing soccer, playing tennis, and surfing. He enjoyed nature and had an adventurous spirit in him. He enjoyed video games and going dancing with friends. He loved teasing his sisters and hanging out with them. He often told his sisters how much he admired his parents, their sacrifices and all the love they had given him and raised him with. His family and friends know him as kind, loving, and always respectful.

He was the ideal son, brother, friend, and human being. He remains with us in spirit until we rejoice with him in God's Glory.

“Thank you for all your prayers, support, and rescue efforts. Please join us in remembering Guillermo at the Closed Casket Vigil on Monday evening and/or the Mass service and burial on Tuesday,” read the post.

According to the post, the closed casket vigil will be held Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clairemont Mortuary at 4266 Mt. Abernathy Ave. A rosary service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The mass service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive in San Diego. The funeral will follow at Glen Abbey Memorial Park at 3838 Bonita Rd. in Bonita.

Message Regarding the Passing of Guillermo Pino Jr.
Dear TMC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Many of you have heard or read about the tragic death of one of our students, Guillermo Pino Jr., who went missing while exploring mud caves with relatives and friends a month ago.

Since learning of Guillermo's death, counselors and members of the College staff have been reaching out and offering assistance to those who were closest to him. Please know the office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open for anyone who would find talking to a counselor helpful. As always, counselors are on call on a 24-hour basis and can be reached after hours at (858) 534-3755. Other important resources include the TMC Academic Advising, TMC Residence Life, and TMC Student Life.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Guillermo's family and all who knew him.

Mentha Hynes-Wilson, Dean of Student Affairs, Thurgood Marshall College, Empowering the Scholar and Citizen, University of California, San Diego
After a long, frantic month of combing hundreds of caves throughout Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for any signs of missing UC San Diego graduate Guillermo Pino, Jr., 25, he was discovered dead last Saturday at the bottom of a 60-foot crevice.

Pino had gone hiking on Easter Sunday with a group of friends. They last saw him in the park's storied Arroyo Tapiado mud caves, according to the Facebook page "Find Guillermo Pino Jr." And it was in the deepest of those caves, a dark and winding crevice known as "Hidden Cave"...

... that he was reportedly discovered Saturday around 5 p.m.

According to CBS LA, private investigator Bill Garcia "lowered a special camera" into the crevice until it happened to hit the victim's body. Garcia tells the station:

"The camera came to rest at the bottom on his right shoulder, and as the camera was pulled back, you were able to see him from his waist up to above his head. ... It appears that he fell feet first, at one point he either hit bottom or his shoulders were broad enough to actually hold him in a particular position, and then the debris that was knocked down around him actually filled up to about his waist."
Indeed, Pino's friends originally told investigators that Pino was standing atop a cliff, asking them to bring him a pair of shoes, the last time they saw him.

One of the women who was with him recalled his fateful ascent:

"Jr decided to go ahead of us and barefoot, with no flashlight, he managed to get through the pitch black cave until we reached him at the point within the cave of climbing a rope up about 10-15 feet above us to get to a vertical shaft we would have to free climb with help from a rope from up top the mountain. Needless to say I couldn't do it, and my best friend and I walked back to camp through the cave, the same way we came in. By then the boys had already climbed to the top of the mountain, and came down the side of it. Guillermo was still up above us when we came back through the caves entrance. Around noon, on Sunday, we began calling out to him to come down the same side the boys had come down earlier, but he insisted on resting his feet. 20mins go by and we begin calling to him again only to get no response."

Assisted by agencies ranging from U.S. Customs and Border Patro to the Sycuan Fire Department, the San Diego Sheriff's Department led search efforts until about mid-April. At that point, however, they declared the rough Anza-Borrego terrain too much of a hassle to navigate, reports Sierra Madre Patch. But friends, family and concerned volunteers didn't give up hope, and kept searching for Pino with the help of private investigator Garcia.

When the missing young man was finally located on Saturday, a new challenge arose: How to "respectfully" pull him the depths of an unstable, pencil-thin crevice carved in the Anza-Borrego mudlands.

Along with various other emergency-service agencies, eight members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Emergency Services Detail were sent in to pull out Pino, says Lieutenant Jack Ewell.

According to Ewell, the L.A. search-and-rescuers were requested due to their extensive "training in cave rescue."

We've contacted the San Diego Sheriff's Department for more details on exactly how Pino was pulled from the bottom of Hidden Cave. But it had to be a tricky operation, judging by the stories that hikers have shared about that particular crevice.

Pino graduated from UCSD in 2009 with a degree in psychology, according to his Facebook page. His loved ones have described him as an adventurous, life-loving guy. The last words his friends heard him say: "It's so beautiful up here."


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Guillermo “Memo” Pino (6 Jul 1987–5 May 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 151601498, citing Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Pat McArron (contributor 47348594) .