|Louis Vernon Costa|
September 6, 1957 - January 17, 2012
My younger brother, Louis Vernon Costa, 54, died unexpectedly January 17, 2012, at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He was born September 6, 1957, in Santa Clara the son of Vernon Louis (deceased) and Rena Louise (Whittington) Costa.
Louis graduated from Linden High School. After a stint in the military, he co-owned and operated a tow trucking company. He helped hundreds of people after accidents and breakdowns in and around Rio Vista.
He called nearly every month, just to talk and stay connected. He was always talking about repairing something and helping his neighbors. To me, he epitomized "my brother's keeper" throughout his life. He also loved to talk, work on his mobile home and boats, and keep those pesky rabbits out of his garden. He loved gardening. His garden was abundant and he shared with his neighbors and friends. He often spoke of his good friends’ Larry and Margaret Collins. He enjoyed being with them. He was practically a member of their family. He also often spoke of the kindness of his doctors at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
One of Louis’s favorite places was Sonora, California where his family lived in the 60’s. He went back several times to visit his childhood home on Old Wards Ferry Rd.
In addition to his mother, Louis is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Costa and Lisa Lehigh and two granddaughters. He leaves behind ten brothers and sisters: Vincent and his wife Nancy (Foster) Costa of Mountain Ranch; Teresa Costa and her husband Barry Fraser of Dublin; Mary Costa of Stockton; Tim Costa of Sacramento; Joseph and his wife Susan (Morijama) Costa of Stockton; Logan Costa of Carmichael; Andrew Costa of Salt Lake City, Utah; Susan Costa and her husband John Anderson of Colfax; Samuel Costa of Linden; and Ann Costa and her husband Ken Welsh of Auckland, New Zealand. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Patrick Costa. His many nieces and nephews will also fondly remember him.
A celebration of Louis’s life was held, Friday, January 27, 2012 at St. Edward Catholic Church, 731 S. Cardinal Ave, Stockton, CA 95215.