On Friday, March 25, 2022, the world lost a great human being, our Dad, Grampy, and friend. Donald Charles Acosta, 70, passed away at his home in Discovery Bay, California.
Don was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 3, 1951, to Martin and Jean (Pierson) Acosta and moved to San Jose as a young boy. He graduated from Camden High School in 1969 where he competed as a pole vaulter and member of the track team. He earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from San Jose State in 1974 and worked for IBM in San Jose for over 43 years. During his engineering career, he was honored by IBM seven times for his proprietary patents in innovative technology systems and components. He retired in 2020 to Discovery Bay to live out his dreams.
Don had a passion for adventure and travel. He held a private pilot license. He also loved fishing, boating and skiing. He had an insatiable desire to create and invent. He built his own airplane. He was always the partner helping with science fair projects, circuit boards, home maintenance projects, and leprechaun traps. He worked alongside his granddaughter Rocky engineering new workshop gadgets. Don was the Grampy who was always up for an adventure and could always help find the positive when one felt frustrated or down. He’d play the guitar or read you a book as you fell asleep on a school night. He always showed up with his bike to take you on a ride some place you’d never been. Don never met a stranger and his gregarious personality and loving spirit was shared with so many.
Don is predeceased by his parents and survived by his children, Sarah Acosta Landry (Ben) and Martin Acosta; siblings, Howard Acosta (Diane), Mary Judy Acosta, and Ed Acosta; grandchildren, Raquel Landry, Cali Landry, and Henry Benjamin Landry; in-laws Darman and Peggy Baker and John and Michelle Poss; nieces and nephews, Howie Acosta (Kathryn), Todd Baker, Jimmy Mayo (MaryLou), Jennifer Howard (Joe) and Brendan Poss (Sarah); great-nephew Ward Acosta, godson Elijah Bergere; former spouse and friend, Linda Poss Acosta; former spouse and friend, Phuong Y (Susan) Acosta, and furry companions, Bone and Brady.
We all grieve his loss but know he is in a better, peaceful place. His kindness, generosity, and beautiful spirit will always be with us.
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