Celestino R. Vargas was born on March 12, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas and passed away on May 18, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.
Was on the SAPD and was in Cadet Class 1972D. He was a member of the first SWAT team
He left the SAPD and joined Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran earning numerous Bronze stars.
He will be extremely missed by his five siblings, 17 nieces and nephews, three children and four grandchildren.
Services will be handled by Sunset Funeral Home. 1701 Austin Hwy
Visitation: May 28, 500pm – 900pm
Funeral Services: May 29, 10am
Thomas Smith Jr.
May 23, 2020
My prayers are with Tony’s family at this time of loss and sorrow. Tony and I were SAPD classmates and good friends. I also know that he was a Vietnam Veteran as were many of us in our class. My family and I extend our sincerest condolences to all of his family. May your own faith in God sustain you bringing you comfort today and courage for tomorrow, and the memories of good times never forgotten. Again our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the family and friends of Tony
May 23, 2020
The San Antonio Police Department Cadet Class 1972-D wishes to express their condolences to the family of Tony Vargas. The last time most of us saw Tony was at our monthly luncheon at Estela’s cafe, right before he moved to Arizona. Tony was a beloved fellow police officer and a true friend. Tony will be greatly missed.
May 22, 2020
May my good friend Tony rest in peace. Hard worker, dedicated, never lost his cool. Played ball together. His children were always a priority. Great all around; will miss him dearly.