David A. Rojo

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David Allen Rojo, beloved husband, father, brother, teacher, coach, and friend suddenly died November 12, 2015 at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.  David was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Dr. Oscar and Mary Rojo on September 8, 1955 and moved to Sheridan in 1957.  He attended and graduated from Holy Name Catholic School and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1974. While at Sheridan High School, he was a fullback and linebacker earning All-State, All-Conference, and All-American honors.  He was co-captain of the football team in 1973.  During his senior year, he was the top point getter of the football team, scoring 48 points during the season.  He also was an All-State Champion on the swim team, earning All-American honors in 1973 and in 1974 when he was co-captain of the team.  He was a member of the state championship swim team in 1973.  David attended Chadron State College with football and swimming scholarships, graduating in 1980.  He was inducted into the Chadron State College Hall of Fame in 1998.David started his teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in 1980 in Hemingford, Nebraska.  He began teaching at Holy Name Catholic School in 1981 and has taught two generations of students there.  David had the joy and privilege of teaching his three sons while they were 6-8th grade students and also coached them in basketball and track.He started his coaching career in Chadron, Nebraska as the head freshman football coach in 1979 while still attending college.  In 1980, he was an assistant football coach at Chadron State College.  At Sheridan High School, he was a sophomore football coach for the 2003 season and was the offensive line coach for the varsity team for the 2004-2006 seasons.  He was the Sheridan Junior High football line coach and coached Little Guy Football for many years.  He coached Sheridan USA swimming, Sheridan Storm Soccer, and Sheridan baseball.  While coaching Sheridan baseball, his team went to the Hap Dumont World Series.  At Holy Name Catholic School, he coached boys basketball for 32 years.  During that time, the boys won 11 district championships.  He was the first coach to introduce zone defense to the Northeast District, which lead his teams to numerous titles.  He coached volleyball at Holy Name for 11 years, winning 7 district championships.  David reinstated the track program at Holy Name in the early 1990’s and the team has won 7 district championships.  He coached girls basketball at Holy Name for several years.  David had the pleasure of coaching with all three of his sons many times. David is a founding member of the Holy Name Athletic Association and served as the school’s athletic director for many years.  He created the Rojo Family Award to recognize a student each year who exhibits positive behavior on the court and in the classroom while participating in the community and Church. During his 35 years at Holy Name Catholic School, he started the Holy Name Science Fair, Holy Name’s participation at Teton Science School, Holy Name History Fair, and has been the district coordinator for Wyoming History Day.  Many of David’s students have advanced to the National History Day competition in Washington D.C.  He also took students and parents on many World Strides Washington D.C. trips.While teaching at Holy Name Catholic School, David was a McMillan Social Justice grant winner, a presenter at the National Catholic Education Association conference, Walmart Teacher of the Year, and a Project Legal teacher/trainer for constitutional law. He received the Spirit of Holy Name Award for his outstanding leadership and guidance to the students of the school.  His Holiness, Pope Francis, bestowed a pledge of divine favor on David for his outstanding service to the school.Throughout his life, David always had a kind word, a big hug and good laugh for all who came in contact with him.  He had a special connection with children, inspiring them, supporting them, mentoring them, and encouraging them.  He was a man who lived his faith and loved unconditionally, most especially his wife, his sons and his family.David was a perfect father.  He set an example for his sons in fatherhood and dedication to family and God.  He loved them without condition, limits or bounds.  David showed true selfless devotion to his family, sons, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, in-laws, students, and friends.  He answered all requests made of him, pouring himself into every task, and loved doing so.  His favorite pastimes were teaching his sons, hunting, fishing, sports, and family vacations.  David’s “EVERYTHING” was being a husband, father, and grandfather.  He loved hosting family dinners and made every one of them a celebration.  His grandchildren were ecstatic to spend time with “Pop.” His excitement, energy, love, and affection made them laugh like no one else could. David loved his wife Amy with his whole being for their entire 37 years together.  With her, he instilled his values, Catholic faith, and love of life in his sons and grandchildren.  They continue to love him with the same intensity. David was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Rojo, his father Dr. Oscar Jimenez Rojo, and his infant great-nephew Reece Gale.David is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Amy Ray Rojo; his sons Christopher (Nanciann) of Sheridan, Jonathan and Daniel of Eureka, California; his siblings Nancy Rojo Werner (Peter) of Clyde, North Carolina, Helen Rojo Oswald (Donald) of Deland, Florida, Maria Rojo Barbula (James) of Livingston, Montana and Stuart Rojo McLin (Cathy) of Columbia, Maryland; his cousin Servio Carroll (Mary) of Sheridan; sister-in-law Janis Ray (Gene) Shannon of Sheridan; his grandchildren Isaac, Gabriel and Nanette Rojo; nieces Wendy Gale (John), Kelly Buckingham (Michael), Sheanna Steingass, Kirsten Sypert Engel (Paul), Shannon Sypert, Tanya Miller Bass, Misty Miller and Kelly McLin Richmond (Ryan); nephews Jeffrey Miller, Ryan Barbula, Sean Barbula, Keaten Barbula, Travis Diener (Lori), Ian McLin; great-nieces Karlie Buckingham, Sarah Engel, Cadence Bass, Harmony Miller; great-nephew Ian Gale, Zachary  Engel, Caleb Bass, Jessey Miller. A Visitation will be held at 6:00 with a Rosary at 7:00 on Friday, November 20, 2015, at Holy Name Church. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Holy Name Church. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery  with a reception to follow at the Holy Name School Gym.Memorials to honor Dave may be made to the Holy Name School Athletic Department at 121 S. Connor, Sheridan, WY 82801.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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