February 24, 1961 ~ June 9, 2017

Born in: Los Angeles, CA,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Daniel Ronald Caprioglio, age 56, passed away June 9, 2017. He is survived by loving family members wife, Helen; daughters, Teresa and Ariel; son, Anthony; father, Carlos Caprioglio; stepmother, Magaly Caprioglio; brother, Roberto Caprioglio and sister-in-law, Yvette Becerra; mother-in-law, Sharon Walker; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Chris Walker, Kari Walker, Marty Bracken, Pete Walker, Bob Breeding, Tom Walker and Tiffini Feliciano. He is preceded in death by mother, Nydia Caprioglio; and father-in-law, Jack Walker. He was born to Carlos and Nydia in 1961 in Los Angeles, Calif., and he grew up in Chatsworth, Calif. He loved to race sailboats, and completed a sailing trip with his father and brother to Hawaii from the southern coast of California in July 1981. He was employed for 24 years as a professor of biology at CSU-Pueblo (and former University of Southern Colorado). As an instructor, academic advisor and research mentor to numerous students, he was well-loved and -respected and was recognized among his peers as a CSM outstanding faculty member in 1998, as a PHEF College Educator of the Year in 2011 and for excellence in advising in 2016. He also served as Faculty Athletic Representative and as an assistant cross-country coach. He competed as a distance runner in cross-country, track and marathons, on teams for UCSB and UCLA, and eventually participated in events in 24 states. He participated in the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials and on two national teams, including the 1987 World University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. More recently, he enjoyed road-biking in Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Kansas, fishing at San Isabel, and Scout camping with his son and daughters. He was dearly loved, and he will be dearly missed. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in Hoag Hall at CSU-Pueblo, with a funeral Mass held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Christ the King Parish, 1708 Horseshoe Drive. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dan Caprioglio Undergraduate Research Scholarship at http://c-fund.us/c9m; Ronald McDonald House, 311 N. Logan Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909; or Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd Way, Pueblo, CO 81005. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Helen and family,
    This is such a tragic loss of a truly great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was my privilege and honor to know and work with Dan and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.

  2. Dr. Dan genuinely got to know his students and cared for them. His passion for education, biology, and CSU-Pueblo was truly evident. I can still remember the lessons that he taught and the wit he used to interest all of his students. I am truly grateful to have been your student.

    Dr. Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. There aren’t words to make this better, but know that Dr. Dan has made a positive impact on so many lives.

    Brad Gonzales

  3. Dr Helen,
    Dr. Dan was one of my favorite professors who made learning materials fun and cared greatly for his students going above and beyond to ensure that students were thriving in their academic studies as well as checking in on personal lives during students times of difficulty. He was loved by students from over his years as a professor; including my father. Both my father and I shared the same admiration for Dan and both considered him one of our favorite instructors because of his drive and compassion for being an instructor.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Know that he was very much admired and adored by his students and the lessons and jokes he would present to us in lectures will be life-long memories. In and out of the class-room he had relationships with each and every individual student truly and genuinely by caring for their academic success as well as personal development into the professional working world.

    Though he is gone, his legacy will continue on by those who were closest to him; your children especially. It is a sad period of time indeed. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that your family can find peace.

    Kaitlin Brewer

  4. Helen,
    There are many people who come and go in our lives. A few touch us in ways that change us forever, making us better from knowing them. Dan definitely made a difference here at CSU-Pueblo and in my professional life, and for this I am grateful. Thank you for sharing him with all of us and know that his legacy will go on forever in your three children. There are no words anyone can say to you to make this all ok. It just isn’t going to be the same…nothing ever will…but you will find a new normal in your life and I wish you all that peace. Dan will be missed and never forgotten.

    Offering courage and my best to you all during this sad difficult time as you fondly remember your beloved husband.
    Michelle Gjerde

  5. My deepest sympathies to Helen and the rest of Dan’s family and friends. Dan was a good man and very committed to his work as a biology professor. As a runner, Dan inspired me to reach greater heights. Dan will be missed.

  6. Dr. Dan, This is a hard one to swallow…there are some people you meet who just think will always be there because of their fire for life and dynamic personality. You were one of those people. You truly cared for your students and had a passion for teaching that shined from your core every day that I went to class. One never had to wonder what you thought about a subject because you let us know pure and simple, you didn’t sugar coat your opinions. You weren’t political correct, you were just Dr. Dan and your love for Dr. Helen, your family and students is what stood out most to me. I have been truly blessed to have been a student of yours in several classes. Many of your lessons will stay etched in my brain because of your unique way of teaching. You will be greatly missed, and remembered as one awesome professor with a big smile, lots of laughter and a heart of gold.
    Sandie Bandimere

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