He died July 22 at age 82.
Mr. Costa was born Aug. 7, 1930, in Tracy. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.
Returning from the war, he married and worked as a dairy herdsman and longshoreman. The family moved to Washington state to start a dairy, and Mr. Costa retired in 1990. He then sold crafts that he and his wife made, retiring in 2005.
Mr. Costa was a member of the American Legion, and he and his wife fostered more than 150 children in three decades.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Della (LaPlante) Costa of Dallas; two daughters, Cindy Prince, and her husband, Jim, of Spanaway, Wash., and Pam Coffelt, and her husband, Bill, of Dallas; a son, Lawrence Costa of Olympia, Wash.; a stepfather, James Laccorce, and his wife, Ruth, of Stockton; a brother, Lawrence Costa, and his wife, Colleen, of Tracy; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.
Preceding him in death was a son, Clarence “Shorty” Costa.
Burial was private in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore. Arrangements were handled by Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, and a guest book can be viewed on the mortuary website.