William Dennis Romero

Date of Birth

October 21, 1958

Date of Death

March 31, 2020

City of Death


William Dennis Romero (Billy) 61, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2020 at his home in Ventura surrounded by his loving family after a long hard fight with cancer. Born October 21, 1958 in Santa Barbara to Dennis Romero and Judith Michal; he was 10th generation Santa Barbarian.  His father, Dennis, raised him and taught him how to be the man he was, which was truly the hardest worker. He attended local schools: Hollister Elementary, La Colina Jr High, and graduated in 1976 from San Marcos High School.  Billy’s first job was at Turnpike Shell, he then followed his father’s footsteps and became a truck driver. He drove for Jordanos Food Service for many years and then drove for US Foods until he retired in 2014. He also had a detailing business where he took great pride in a shiny clean ride.

He enjoyed camping in his motorhome at the beach and going to car shows. He had a passion for cars whether it was buying cars, detailing cars, or just cruising. He enjoyed hanging out with The Vdub Classics in Ventura.  Billy loved showing off his super clean VW bug and making new friends

Billy is survived by his daughter, Shannon Ashlea Joyce (Nick), son, Shayne Romero, grandson Killian, his 3 sisters: Terri Andersen, Roxanne Euglow and Dianna Cottriel, along with several nieces, nephews, and so many wonderful friends.  He also leaves behind his fur babies, Koda Bear and Bella. Preceded in his passing is his father, Dennis, and best friend, Michael Castillo. During his long battle with cancer he never complained and he was always ready to fight the fight.  He definitely earned his Warrior Badge.

Billy was a funny guy, making it so easy for him to meet people that became instant friends. Everywhere he went he knew someone.  He was always cracking jokes or doing something funny. His neighbors nicknamed him The Mayor of Doyle Lane because he always knew what was going on in the neighborhood. He also had quite the little black book, it seemed all the ladies adored him; he definitely had that charm about him. We’re convinced Dennis, Michael, & Billy are having a blast up there talking about cars, trucks, and all their lady friends. Until we meet again…Rest easy, Billy.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date due to Covid-19.


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