Joe Arce Acosta was born October 5, 1926 in Port Arthur, Texas, to the late William M. Acosta and Victoria Arce Acosta. He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Carmen Lira Acosta. He is survived by his daughter, Vivian Thigpen and husband Eugene, son, Dennis Acosta and wife Cindy, three grandchildren, James White, Michelle White and Erin Thigpen, three great grandchildren, Jaclyn White, Madeleine White and John White, and numerous nieces and nephews. |
Mr. Acosta was raised in San Antonio where his father had a masonry business. He came to Houston in early 1944, where he worked at Todd Shipyard until he was drafted in January 1945. Mr. Acosta reported for duty at Dodd Field January 3, 1945, took infantry basic at Camp Walters and Camp Howell in North Texas, was shipped to the Philippines, served in Occupied Japan, and was discharged October 1945. He then served in the U. S. Air Force Reserves, discharged September 1949.
Mr. Acosta worked again at Todd Shipyard in Galveston as a welder and moved to Houston in 1950 to work for Holders Equipment as a welder, assembling air compressors when the company entered into airless and plural paint equipment. Mr. Acosta designed application systems such as the fiberglass tank bottom for reclaiming oil storage tanks, patented by Matcote, an airless spray system for automatic painting of 55-gallon drums, and an internal pipe coater with a Crawler 360 degree spray head with a high pressure swivel and static mixer to blend component coating.
After 15 years of service to Holders Equipment, he joined Spray Quip where he developed variable ratio plural component pump systems for coating ratios of 1:1 to 20:1 by adjustment of stroke length, a pump system and mechanical mixer gun to pour iron powder silicone compound in nuclear power plants to isolate electrical raceways through concrete walls, a foam spray system to insulate American Pipeline from California to Texas, a pump and spray gun for sand-filled pre-mix epoxy, a plural component mixing and application system for Aramco underwater piling encapsulation, and many other specialized industrial spray systems.
In 1985, after 20 years with Spray Quip, and at the age of 59, he started his own company, AirTech Spray Systems, with two partners, and designed and manufactured customized spray systems for the coatings, automotive, oil and gas, pipeline and railcar industries, and later for the wind tower industry (2002) and other manufacturing sectors. His numerous custom designs included an airless spray system for Chartec fire proofing product used on the North Sea platform, the Blue Cat system - the railcar industry's first plural component spray system capable of handling four spray guns for high-volume spray applications, the four-gun manifold with an individual gun flush, the Trey 800-watt explosion-proof fluid heater, and one of the first line-travel machines for large diameter pipe for an over-the-ditch application in Saudi Arabia, among other innovative systems that have since been duplicated by industry peers. Mr. Acosta received the Graco Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He is thought of as having had the finest engineering mind for plural component equipment of anyone in the country.
Services will be held at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway at Lauder Road, Houston, Texas, 77039. Visitation will be Friday, November 16th, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 17th, 2012, at 3:00 pm in the Grand Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to
and Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe, Houston, Texas, 77030.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2012