Vargas Jr, Carlos


Carlos Vargas Jr passed away October, 10, 2016 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in San Antonio, TX October 29, 1946. At the age of 15, he moved to Dallas with the family where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. After graduation, he joined the Marines where he served a tour of duty in Da Nang Vietnam. Upon returning to Dallas, he attended El Centro Junior College and SMU where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Carlos was an artist, having held exhibitions locally and also painted murals around town, including one which is visible overlooking Maria Luna Park on Maple Ave. Carlos was an art teacher with the Dallas Independent School District until his retirement a few years ago. He loved to travel in Mexico where he would photograph the colorful architecture,loved going to Half Price Books to select books for his library; he enjoyed rooting for Dallas sports teams, and loved his cats. He is preceded in death by parents, Carlos M. Vargas and Santos C. Vargas and is survived by sister, Olga (Benny) Moore, brother Rogelio (Gerri) Vargas, sister, Anna Vargas, his nieces,nephews, and special friend, Sharon Snowton. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Home of the Brave Community Living Center’s Bravo Wing for their kindness in caring for “Mister Vargas.” In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: the Veterans Association through E-Donate at or the SPCA of Texas at or KERA TV/Radio at Gathering for Family and Friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on November 3, 2016 at Aria Funeral Home, 10116 E Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75238. Inurnment service will be held at 10:00 AM November 4, 2016 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211.

Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008

10 replies on “Vargas Jr, Carlos”

Sharon Snowton says:

I am soo very sorry for the loss of your loved one. You truly do not know how much he meant to me, and how empty I feel at his loss. May God continue to bless your family, and give you comfort-Sharon

Cynthia says:

Tio, I know that you’re in a better place. All the memories we had will be in a special place in my heart. Love, Cindy.

Dee says:

Carlos, thank you for your friendship & for being there when it counted. Your now free of pain & have a large canvas in the sky to paint on! Fly high Marine, thank your for your service, you’ll always be remembered….. Rest In Peace 🇺🇸

Isaias Ortiz says:

I knew Carlos at Irving Jr. School. Were were in the same home room with Miss Ressmann. He was smart, kind, funny and very talented. His artistic skills at his young age were astounding. He served his country and will always be remembered by those who knew him as a good man with much talent.

Rachel Hoehn says:

Your art teacher friends are just now finding out about this. We are so saddened to hear this news. I am letting as many people know as I can. You were a wonderful teacher and a great friend. To Carlos’ family please know you guys will be in our thoughts. HUGS to all.

Janice Wiggins says:

I was so terribly sorry to hear this news. Carlos was one of my favorite people among our art friends. He was a good teacher, a kind and thoughtful man, and a true artist. I always loved when he would come back from Mexico with more photographs of the beautiful, artistic doors in San Miguel. Rest well my friend.

Cheryl VanVolkinburg says:

Carlos will always be respectfully remembered as a friend and colleague from María Moreno Elementary School. He was a truly good man who is sorely missed. Our condolences to the family.
Cheryl and Alicia

Alba N Marrero says:

It was an honor to have him join the staff at Maria Moreno Elementary where he made a difference in the lives of so many children and families. His kind and joyful spirit was an inspiration to us all.
You will be forever remembered.
Alba N Marrero

Chris Albritton says:

I was always inspired by the beautiful photography and art that Carlos shared. I know many of the DISD art teachers that will be saddened by his loss. My blessings go out to his family. Carlos was such a kind person with a beautiful talent for teaching and sharing his art.

isidro aguirre says:

Met Carlos at Raul Quintanilla MS. Said to me “enjoy life, good & bad. Its only one we have.” Years later i discovered Carlos served as a Marine at the battle of Khe Sanh during Viet Nam conflict. Fuimos y todavia somos compadres. He was, still is mi compadre en armas. Adopted my phrase “time to teach our little brown brothers & sisters.” Every time bell rang. His response. “Chilo.. Nos vemos en un ratito.” Carlos Vargas Jr. An all American Hero.” Con mucho sinceridad carnal. Love u ese. See u in a bit.

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