Brother Ignacio "Sam" Cota was born on the 21st of July in Santa Barbara, California. He is from one of the founding families of of the old pueblo of Santa Barbara. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in June, 1959.
Ignacio Samuel Cota
Sam, as he is called was initiated into the Beta Chapter of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1962. He completed his studies at Pierce College in June, 1965, after which he transferred to California State University Northridge. He earned his Bachelor's degree at CSUN in 1971. Later Sam earned his law degree from the University of California Los Angeles in 1974.
His pledge name was Little Buddha.
The Honorable Judge Ignacio Cota worked for some years from six satellite offices in the California Office of Appeals.
Sam's wife is Irene Calzada Cota, Ph.D., Elem. Ed. Sanford University June 1982.
Calzada and Sam have three children. Ricardo Sisto, Daniel Vicente, and Alicia Marie. The Cotas reside in Camarillo, California