James Vincent Vargas, 50, passed away at his residence Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
He was born July 1, 1962, in Globe, Ariz., to Stella and Richard Vargas.
He was the fourth of six sons and one daughter. His mother used to say she had a basketball team with one sub and a cheerleader. He along with his brothers as playmates built forts, played basketball and football, shot BB guns (sometimes at one another), went for hikes, rode bikes, and loved to be in the gym with their dad, “Dickie,” when he was practicing with his basketball teams.
The boys were a “stair-step” of sons, an even half dozen, raised to be respectful, kind and considerate. He exemplified these traits. He graduated from Miami High School in 1980 and was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame for his participation on the 1980 state championship basketball team. Penny had her eye on him when she saw him pass by in a 1957 Chevy in front of the Globe Theater. It was Valentine’s Day when James (in the ’57) and Penny (in her Mustang) pulled up next to each other at a red light. Wearing a muscle shirt, he looked over at her, and revved his engine while grinning ear to ear. She, completely smitten, gassed her Mustang and left him at the red light.
A few days later, she saw him having lunch with his dad at Guayo’s. Not long after, she saw him at the car wash and she decided it was time to formally introduce herself. She said they ended up talking for nearly three hours even though it only felt like 15 minutes. They eloped on Aug. 2, 1986, and later married in the Temple on July 23, 1994.
Their first child, Brandon James, was born Aug. 12, 1987, and entered into heaven shortly after his birth. They raised two children, Peter and Cassie. Peter entered into rest on May 10, 2005. Cassie resides in El Paso, Texas. Along with his wife of 25 years, Penny, and daughter, Cassie, Mr. Vargas is survived by his brothers, Lenny, Kenny, Richard, Steve and Chris; one sister, Cristi; and his father, Richard “Dickie” Vargas. He is also survived by his Bingham brothers, Craig, Brett, Glen and Justin; two sisters-in-law, Sheryl Robertson and Pam Grimshaw; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sharon and Deryl Bingham.
A funeral service will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3755 N. Swan in Silver City, N.M. Interment will follow at Binghampton Cemetery, 4001 N. Alveron in Tucson, Ariz. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.