Tony was born on Feb. 26, 1940 in the town of French Camp to parents John and Rita Costa. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John; and his sister, Lena. He is survived by his wife, Ann; and his brother, Nelson (Liz). He also leaves behind his four children, Greg, Kelly, Stacey and Cindy, and their spouses; 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Tony was a native of Banta and lived in the town of Byron with his wife, Ann, for 38 years. He lived and worked on his family’s dairy farm. He later became a cattle rancher and was vice president of Vaquero Farms, Inc. His life’s passions were team roping, welding, hunting and traveling with his wife, family and friends.
A Memorial Mass was held May 9 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Byron, followed by a party at the family’s home celebrating Tony’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Anne Building Fund. A memorial scholarship has been created in Tony’s name at the Contra Costa Alameda Cattleman’s Association: 638 Enos Way, Suite B, Livermore, CA 94551.