It is with great sadness that I adjourn tonight’s meeting in memory of Rocky Anthony Romero, a loving and devoted father – and member of our extended City of Santa Clarita family – who passed away last month at the age of 42 after a battle with COVID-19.
Rocky built a wonderful life in Newhall with his wife Jennifer, a building inspector in the City’s Building and Safety division.
Jennifer met Rocky when she was 15 years old and the two would walk home from school together, Rocky carrying Jennifer’s books along the way.
The couple began dating about 10 years after high school, got married and had four children – Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Caleb and Ariel – who are all active in the youth wrestling scene in Santa Clarita.
Rocky is remembered by those who knew him as a great friend that left a lasting positive impact on everyone he met.
He was known to push those around him to reach their best – and then push them even further.
Rocky was a unifying force not only in his family, but also at work where he brought leadership, positivity and determination.
At his service last week, family talked about his infectious laugh, sarcasm and the ability to make others smile even in the hardest times.
Everything Rocky did, he did with and for Jennifer and their children.
They enjoyed going on adventures on a whim, exploring new places and teaching the kids about rocks, plants and nature.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Rocky’s wife Jennifer, their children and their extended family and friends as they grieve during this difficult time.