Mario Luigi Domenico Cosma, 78, died August 26, 2017 from the complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Mario was born on May 5th (“Cinco de Mario”), 1939 in Santa Barbara, California to Noemi Rita Cosma and Domenico Cosma. He graduated from Santa Barbara Catholic High School and was a decorated 4-year letterman, once throwing 27 consecutive no-hit innings. He also attended one year of college at Santa Barbara City College where he played baseball and then attended two years at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA. Mario enlisted in the United States Army where he served three years in the service, including deployment in Korea where he also played on the All Army baseball team. In 1962, when he returned to Santa Barbara after his time in the service, he signed as a free agent pitcher with the Minnesota Twins for $8000. In his early career after baseball, he worked in route sales with Granny Goose Foods, Del Monte Foods and Snap on Tools. During his career with Granny Goose, he became district manager of the Southern California division. In 1979, he moved his family to Santa Maria, where he began his real estate career. He and his wife, Pamela, started the Why USA Preferred Properties franchise in the area, where he was recognized for being the Top Producer for the national franchise. Mario was famous for his gift of gab and for his generous and charismatic nature. He thrived on helping others fulfill their dreams and loved helping many local youth organizations, including Yoyo, Orcutt Youth Football, the Elks, the Boys and Girls Club, and Goleta Valley Little League, raise money for youth community programs. He was also a founding member of the Goleta Valley Little League and helped expand youth football on the Central Coast from a local to a regional level. He was also president of the Orcutt Youth Football League and helped with the Special Olympics. He was very well known as one of the original pioneers of what we call reverse drawings in this area. He loved being a number caller and auctioneer for many non-profit organizations that benefited his community. Mario is survived by his wife Pamela of 53 years and 4 children and 12 grandchildren. His family includes Mario Cosma Jr.(Virginia) of Madera and their children Mario and Shawna; Dino Cosma (Noelle) of Santa Maria and their daughters Emma, Bella an Mia; Tina Tompkins (Tod) of Fresno and their children Trent and Tristen of Fresno; Regina Cosma-Benton (Bruce) of Santa Maria and their children Dominico, Shane, Joseph and Elisa. Mario is also survived by his sister Euphrasia ”Frezzy” Cavalli of Santa Maria and his sister-in-law Lucy of Santa Barbara and is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Sebastian “Sam” Cosma of Santa Barbara.
A Rosary service will be held Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary with a visitation starting at 4:00 pm. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday, September 4, 2017 at 10:00 am at St Louis de Montfort Catholic Church. The graveside will be the following day, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association California Central located at 1528 Chapala Street #204, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or online at alz.org. Donations can also be made to the Mario Cosma Memorial Account at Community Bank of Santa Maria located at 1421 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Memorial Fund will benefit local youth sports.
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