On May 3, 2014, Rocci Harry Twitchell passed away peacefully on May 3, 2014, after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 67.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. May 19, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA 95959.
He was born in Grass Valley at the Jones Hospital on March 11, 1947.
Rocci was a devout member and missionary in his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He set an example of what it truly meant to be a Christian.
He attended Nevada Union High School, and aside from his children and grandchildren, he enjoyed his passion for boxing. He was trained by Ursal Snapp, a well-known P.E. teacher at Nevada Union High School.
He participated in the sport in his youth and later on became a boxing trainer himself. Rocci trained his sons, two of which carry on his legacy to this day.
He, along with his sons, named their team T-5 Boxing. In his earlier days, he was fortunate enough to spar with Jose “Pipino” Cuevas, a famous boxer in the boxing world.
Rocci also devoted, for many years, a great deal of time, support and commitment to the family’s moving business. He was always working and doing his best to help wherever help was needed.
He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter Day Saints in his 20s and remained a faithful member until his final days. Rocci was dedicated to reading the scripture daily, was a loving father and grandfather, and had a special relationship with each one of them.
They loved his playfulness and witty sense of humor.
Rocci is survived by his five loving sons, Rocci Jr., Nick, Jordan, Logan, and Davin, along with their spouses. He also left behind 14 grandchildren; mother Clara Battista Halverson; sister Roxanne Twitchell (Ken) Eslick; brother Kevin Twitchell,; aunt Maryalyce Twitchell Hansen; uncle and aunt Lavio and Betty Battista, a few nieces, nephews, several cousins and many friends from all walks of life.
Rocci was and is a blessing in all our lives. He will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved him. His kindness touched many lives and hearts.