David G. Acosta, age 90, of Odessa passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Acosta was born Sept. 24, 1926 to Luz Acosta and Eugenio Acosta in Grandfalls.
Acosta was the fifth child of a family of eight and grew up in Fort Stockton, where attended Butz School. Acosta lost his father at the age of nine years and helped his family members in providing a living for the family. His older brothers were forced to drop out of school to seek employment to support the family.
When World War II broke out, three of his older brothers were drafted into the military. Soon after, Acosta decided to join them and enlisted in the U. S. Navy having attained the rank of Seaman 2nd Class and was stationed aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Takanis Bay (CVE-89). He received an Honorable Discharge after serving honorably for nine years.
During his time away, Acosta's mother moved the family to Grandfalls and he began seeking employment to help his family. It was during this time that Acosta found the love of his life, Romelia Rico. He eventually found employment as a civil service employee at Pyote, TX military air base and later transferred to San Antonio, Big Spring, and finally to Del Rio. Acosta retired from Civil Service in December 1992 and returned with his family to Odessa, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Acosta is survived by daughter Pat Marino and husband Jerry of Del Rio; sons Ricky Acosta and wife Belinda of Odessa, Daniel Acosta of New Braunfels, and Roy Acosta of Beeville: sister-in-law Anita Acosta of Fort Stockton; brother Abel Acosta of Waxahachie; and grandchildren Richard Anthony and Christina Acosta, Daniel Elijah, Jonathan and Ambrosia Machuca, and Veronica A. Rios.
Acosta was preceded in death by his wife Romelia R. Acosta; father Eugenio Acosta; mother Luz Acosta; son Michael D. Acosta; sister-in-law Viola Acosta; sisters Petra and Lupe Acosta; and brothers Cisto, Thomas, Frank, and Joe Acosta.
The Funeral Mass for Acosta was celebrated on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 907 S. Dixie Blvd., Odessa, TX. Acosta’s internment followed at the Ector County Cemetery, 300 S. Dixie Blvd, Odessa, TX. Visitation occurred Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Odessa Funeral Home, 1700 N. Jackson, Odessa, TX with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the Rosary.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.odessafuneralhome.com for the Acosta family.
Arrangements under the direction of Odessa Funeral Home, Odessa, TX.