OBITUARY

Opinion
May 20, 2011
by WLJ

OBITUARY

Milton John Costa

Milton Costa, a Nampa, ID, resident, was born August 26, 1944, in Hanford, CA, and lived most of his life in Paso Robles, CA. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Costa; three sons, Brian, Sean (wife, Teri, and granddaughter, Caitlynn) and Tyler (fiancée Leah). Milton passed away after a long battle with cancer and went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2011. Costa had been a cattle rancher since 1958 and a wellknown auctioneer. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, Caitlynn, watching NASCAR with his family, as well as antiquing and traveling. Over his life, he achieved many awards, including being inducted into the California Auctioneers Hall of Fame and honored at the Standard of Perfection show at the California State Fair. He also exhibited the first (and only) Polled Hereford bull to win the Super Bull award at Cow Palace in San Francisco. Costa started a successful purebred cattle operation from projects in FFA. He also showed purebred cattle for almost 20 years throughout the state of California and many prominent showmen had, at one time or another, worked for him. Costa owned and managed the Central Coast Auction, farm and construction company, in Paso Robles from 1976 until 2000. Through this time he started an antique and draft horse auction throughout the state of California; later bringing his auctions to the state of Idaho. Costa finished his cattle career in Midvale, ID, in 2010 before retiring to Nampa, ID, with his wife, Bonnie. Memorial donations maybe made to the Milton Costa Scholarship Fund in care of the CNPHA 8500 Rock Springs Road, Penryn, CA, 95663 or the American Prostate Cancer Society.

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