Eugenio “Geno” C. White passed away November 9, 2021, at Monte Vista Estates at the age of 80.
He was born December 24, 1940, in Del Norte, Colorado to Jasper and Rosabel White, preceding him in death. In addition, preceding him in death are siblings Marie Tuxhorn, Robert White, Richard White, and Sister Mary Peter. His surviving siblings are Agnes Klapetsky, John White (Patricia), Donna Burt (Lee), Roger White and Eddie White (Maryanne). Geno comes from a large family and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Geno was extra-specially cared for by his niece, Victoria White of Monte Vista, until his passing.
Geno is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Michelle White (Shelton) who he met in 1974 in Joliet, Montana, and was blessed to have a relationship that spanned 47 years. He is survived by their daughter, Wendy Bettis, currently of St. Louis Missouri.
Most of Geno‘s life was spent as a true American cowboy. Ranching was his passion. From Montana to Colorado, Geno was in high demand for his ranching experience. 25 years of his life were spent in the Roaring Fork Valley, between Carbondale, Colorado and Aspen, Colorado. He ended his ranching career on the Stein Ranch in Aspen, Colorado, working for Henry and Marjorie Stein. The ranch was located near the Maroon Bells, which was one of Geno‘s favorite places.
Up and down the roaring Fork Valley, Geno was well known amongst the rodeo circuit. Geno was a professional heeler for many years, competing as a team roper and winning many championship titles, buckles and saddles. He was a mentor to many young and up-and-coming cowboys who sought him out for advice and experience. His greatest mentorship, however, was to his own daughter, Wendy, who he shared his love and passion of the ranch life and rodeos. She learned to be a header so they could team up together, father and daughter.
Geno will be missed by family and friends. Cremation has been chosen and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. At Geno‘s request, his ashes will be scattered this summer, at a place of his choosing.
Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.