Year Inducted: 1982
Nominated By: Brian Mccartney
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S., graduating in 1948.
● Played football (tackle) for four seasons (1944-47) for the Bulldogs...He also was the kicker on kickoffs and extra points (PATs).
● Two-time, First Team All-Conference and All-State (1945-46).
● Only player in Pueblo to have been selected to play in two All-State football games (No student from Pueblo has ever been selected All-State three years in a row).
● As a tackle, earned All South-Central League (SCL) as a sophomore and Honorable Mention All-State (1945).
● Also competed in track (four years), golf and wrestling (one season) and the ROTC program as a marksman (one year).
● On the track squad, he concentrated on the discus and shot put events.
● Won the SCL title in the discus three straight years and was a three-time runner-up at state in the event (1946-48).
● During senior year, he set a new SCL record in the discus event that stood for 10 years until the 1960’s.
● Finished runner-up at state as a sophomore in the shot put and earned All-Conference in 1947.
Went to Colorado University (CU) 1948-1949, then transferred to Regis University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1954.
● While at CU, played tackle on the Buffaloes football team and competed on the CU track squad (Discus, Shot Put and Javelin) his freshman year (1949).
● He was selected All-Big 8 first team and handled kickoff duties in 1950.
● Football interrupted by the Korean War and he was a USAF a radar squadron stationed at Rapid City, SD.
● Participated in the golf program and was a member of the team that won the 1952 Air Defense Command Championship in Waverly, IA.
● Because of a severe concussion - he did not resume football after release from the service.
● During his senior year in law school started at right tackle for the CU alumni team that defeated the CU varsity team that beat Oklahoma and Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
● Parlapiano began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Pueblo Catholic High for two years (1958-59).
● Spent nine years (1967-75) coaching both Bantam League football and basketball.
● American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and Pueblo Bar Association since 1957.
● Appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court to serve as a member of Colorado State Board of Law Examiners (1968-77).
● Vice President of the Pueblo Bar Association (1976).
● President of the Pueblo Bar Association (1977).
● Elected to the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors in 1978.
● Served three years on the Board of Directors of Pueblo County Legal Services.
● Served on the board of directors for Pueblo Catholic Social Services.
● Provided Legal Counsel for the Holy Family Parish where he served as Lector.
● Served the Pueblo Junior Chamber of Commerce on the Legislative Advisory Committee.
● Active USC Booster, a CU alumnus, a CU law school alumnus, a CU “"C" club alumnus and an alumni director and alumnus of Regis College.
● Served three years on the Board of Directors of the Pueblo Country Club.
● Legal advisor to the Babe Ruth Baseball Chapter.
● Runyon Field Booster Club.
Partner and attorney in the Law Firm Preston, Altman and Parlapiano.
Lived in Pueblo with his wife, Marjorie... He passed away on September 3, 2008 at age 78.