Donna Acosta died peacefully at home surrounded by family in King City, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2019. She was born in Galt, the daughter of William and Jean Dohn. She graduated from Galt High in 1964 and from San Joaquin Delta College as an art student in 1966. Donna’s first job was working with disabled children in San Joaquin Valley, beginning a lifelong career in service to others.
Donna’s first marriage to Ken Range and a Highway Patrol transfer brought her to King City in 1973 where she raised her children, Sandy and Paul, in the Pine Canyon area.
Donna’s later remarriage to Rudy Acosta expanded her family to include four more daughters, much to her delight. Rudy and Donna had a happy and loving relationship, and just recently celebrated their 30th anniversary on Aug. 12, 2019.
Donna worked in King City at the Rural Health Project, which later became known as RHP Services, for 18 years. During her tenure, she worked with many special needs families in the community. In 1980, she helped start a special needs program in the local elementary school, a toy lending library for migrant families with disabled children, and various other services within the community.
In 1984, Donna was instrumental in establishing the Southern Monterey County Crisis Line in King City, which began with just a few volunteers.
More recently, Donna retired from the Correction Training Facility in Soledad after an 18-year position as the Return to Work Coordinator. Donna will be remembered as a selfless and devoted wife, loving mother and steadfast friend who always had time for a smile or a chat. All who knew her will recall her many acts of kindness, her quirky sense of humor, and love of making lists. She found great satisfaction in painting, decorating and remodeling, always working to make her home a warm and inviting place for family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and collecting mementos from the various trips she took over the years.
Donna’s quiet courage and unshakeable optimism were an inspiration to those around her as she worked through the long and difficult treatment regimen resulting from a stage-four Ovarian Cancer diagnosis in 2014. Her humility, concern for others and irrepressible sense of humor remained intact until the very end.
Donna is survived by her loving husband, Rudy Acosta of King City; brother, William Dohn of Elk Grove; children and their families: Sandra (Range) Lady and husband Stephen of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and children Isabel of Darwin, Australia, Bryan Irwin of Los Angeles, Matt Lady of Adelaide, Australia, Will Lady of Denver, Colo., Eva Lady of Santa Rosa; Paul Range of King City and daughter Andrea Range of Greenfield; Melody McDade of Brunswick, Ga.; Kelly (Acosta) Green of King City and children Sierra and Jared Stamps of Lockwood, and Summer Green of King City and grandchildren Harper and Cole Stamps of Lockwood; Tricia and Eric Martinus and children Jonah and Jan Thomas of Lockwood; Stacy and Jesse Smith and children Brynn, Tatum and Jessilyn of Lockwood, and Jennifer Acosta of King City.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Sun Street Center or Sol Treasures, both in King City.
A funeral service was held Sept. 20 at the St. Marks Episcopal Church in King City.