Daniel Paul Romero, age 41, passed away peacefully on 12/29/22 surrounded by his family and friends. For all that knew Daniel, he was a best friend, confidant, and a kind soul. He was born in Merced and raised in Turlock, CA, the only child of Tony and Mary Alice Romero.
Daniel attended Sacred Heart School in his early years, was a boy scout and his love of sports began watching Tony coach. He graduated from Hughson High School in 1999 and was active on their soccer, basketball and golf teams. Daniel then followed in his parents footsteps as educators and obtained his teaching credential from Stanislaus State. He began his teaching career at Denair High School, coaching their JV/Varsity basketball and boys/girls soccer team. Daniel then helped coach JV and Varsity Basketball at Hughson High School for 6 years alongside Tony with Mary Alice as their scorekeeper, the times Daniel cherished the most. Daniel spent the rest of his teaching career at Bear Creek High School in Stockton, developing their On Campus Intervention program in 2014 and transitioned into the classroom in 2020 to teach Freshman World Geography and Senior American Government/Economics. During his time at Bear Creek, he was the head boys golf coach in 2016, and then the assistant golf coach 2017 and on. His greatest accomplishment was as the freshman boys basketball head coach and winning the section title in 2020, going 10-0 in league play.
For everyone that knew Daniel, he loved the LA Dodgers even though amongst a sea of SF Giants friends. He was also passionate about the Golden State Warriors, SF 49ers and NCAA basketball. Sports was his world and he had a natural talent for remembering every statistic, player, and record, for any sport, professional and college. His love of sports pushed him to become a passionate coach and always looking towards the betterment of his athletes by going “Coach Romo” on them as his friends fondly called him.
Daniel was a lover of all things Marvel, Costco, BBQ’ing on his Traeger and of course sports radio. He supported his son and guided him in following in his families footsteps in becoming a teacher, graduating from Stanislaus State as well and teaching in the same district. He spent the last few years traveling and exploring with the love of his life, making forever memories.
Daniel is survived by his father, Tony Romero, son, Angel Fuentes and loving partner, Kim Franck. He is also survived by many family and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Mary Alice Romero, and grandparents, Catarino & Emma Romero, and Quinn & Hazel Young.
Daniel will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. To say that he was an amazing man is an understatement. He touched the lives of hundreds of people, including former players, co-workers, friends and especially his family. He leaves behind a legacy of memories that his loved ones will remember forever.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.