USF lost an Army veteran and future nurse when student David Cosio passed away on Nov. 6. Cosio was a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. He was originally from Simi Valley, Calif., in Southern California, and was involved in the Military Veterans of USF student group on campus.
Cosio’s friends and loved ones described him as passionate, creative, joyful and filled to the brim with compassion. Fellow nursing student Cole Michael said that this is why Cosio would have made an amazing nurse. “David could literally talk to anyone as if he was chatting with a longtime friend,” Michael said. “It was amazing to see him as a bedside nurse. I know when times get tough, myself and other [students] will ask ourselves, ‘What would David have done?’”
In and out of school, Cosio demonstrated fearlessness. When he and Michael were walking home once and an individual followed them, Cosio joyously shouted from the middle of the street to draw attention and cause neighboring apartments to turn on their lights.
In other instances, he would dive into class debates with thoughtful zeal. “David would look around the room, recognize that no one else was going to speak and always start with ‘I’ve thought about this a bit…,” Dr. Susan Prion, one of Cosio’s professors, said. “And he truly had thought about it!”
Cosio often came to Prion’s office hours to continue conversations from class and discuss assignments that intrigued him. Prion described Cosio as, above all else, warm. “His laughter and genuine joy in life was always evident,” she said.
A Facebook page was created in honor of Cosio’s life. As of Dec. 3, it had 332 members and 430 photos of him with friends and family.
USF held a ceremony for Cosio on Nov. 26 in the McLaren Conference Center, and friends and family attended a memorial in Simi Valley on Nov. 17. Prion said the most appropriate epitaph for Cosio was the quote that was on the cards handed to guests at the memorial. It read, “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
“That was David,” Prion wrote in an email.
Cosio’s family asked that in lieu of sending flowers to honor his life, well-wishers perform an act of kindness. Cosio is survived by his parents and four siblings.