Rocco Gentile (1942 – 2020)

Rocco E. Gentile Jr., age 78, of Salida, passed away on September 9th, 2020 at his home in Poncha Springs. 

He was born June 11, 1942 in Salida, Colorado to Rocco Gentile Sr. and Mary Gentile.

Mr. Gentile was a lifetime Salida resident and worked at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility for 32 years. He was a proud Salida Spartan and graduated from Salida High School in 1961. Rocco coached multiple sports in Salida for all levels and attended Western State College.

Mr. Gentile was preceded in death by his parents, wife Suzy Maupin Gentile of 48 years; sister Josephine Showalter; brother-in–law Frank Showalter, Frank Gentile, and brother-in-law Bob Maupin. He is survived by his wife Nancy Clark of Salida; his children Steven (Shannon) Gentile of Colorado Springs, Eric (Dawn) Gentile of Salida, Cyndi Gentile Graziano (Danyelle) of Denver, Mike Gentile of Salida; Brother-in-law Gary (Trish) Maupin of Florida; brother Jim Gentile of Canon City, Joe Gentile of Washington; sister Janice Gentile, sister Erna Gentile; Grandchildren Sammi (Caleb) Gentile of Salida, Anthony Gentile of Loveland, Dominic Gentile of Colorado Springs, William Zielinko , Gabriel Gentile and Connor Gentile of Salida; Step children Melissa (David) Clements of Pueblo West, Michelle Archuleta of Salida; Step grandchildren Joel Archuleta, A.J. (Morgan) Archuleta, Ethan Archuleta, Danielle Bennett, Quinten-Riley Clements, Josh Clements and 7 great grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Terry West