Joseph Anthony Vargas
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Joseph Anthony Vargas Heaven lies in Joey's eyes Joe returned to our Heavenly Father on Sunday June 24 '07 in a tragic drowning, at the age of 24. Joe was of the Lutheran faith, and attended the Granite schools. He worked many years at the Garden Terrace and took pride in his work. "Hey Joey, the kitchen crew says your sweet and tender hearted to all the people you have met. They will miss you dearly and you will always be in our hearts." Joe's passion was music, his Mustang, and his drums. He loved animals, always fed and took care of the family pets, as well as every one else's. Joe's family would like to thank all those who have shown us love and support during this difficult time, especially the employees at Garden Terrace Nursing Home. Funeral Services will be held Saturday June 30, 2007 at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, 484-2045, with a viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with services following at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2007.
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June 27, 2008
Hey Joe!!!!!!!!

Was thinking a lot about you the other night and the Maiden was definetly playing. You were the nicest dude and knew how to thrash better than most.

I know your doing well, so cheers dude!.
Alex Ray
June 24, 2008
Joe! wow, 1 yr.. I miss you soooo much. it still hurts so bad.
Jacqueline Rumery
May 14, 2008
joe! I've done so much since you've been gone, oh the stories. i miss you. were getting close to a yr.
3 days before my bday. it will never be the same. i love you.
Jacqueline Rumery
January 29, 2008
I shed a tear every night for you. i crack a beer every night for you. I take care of what needs to be taken care of. You watch over matt and i keep him going. I wait for the day to see those pair of bright eyes. Your waiting too... SOON BROTHER!
i'll love him like you would have.
December 28, 2007
Words can't describe how much we all still love and miss you JOE! You'll never know the impact you made on so many of our lives.
Fill it up with beer.... Pabst..
Angela Hathcock
December 5, 2007
I think of you everyday especialy when its fall. The smell of the leaves and the change of seasons in the air, reminds me of our time spent together. You will always have a special place in my heart. My fall days will always be filled with memories of you.
November 3, 2007
BOO!!! happy halloween! i love you forever!
jacqueline.. cause you would want me to rumery
August 29, 2007
cheers joe. it's been over 2 months now. and i still check this book as often as i can. i miss you so. one day brother. i'll see you again.
jackie rumery
July 31, 2007
It has been years my friend since i last talked to u (the uk subs show when we hung out with thouse guys after the show i think it was 2002) and when Sticky e-mailed me the news I was floored I always remembered your big hart and kindness in a room full of sickness back in the day. R.I.P.
Krys G.Beiro (aka Nigel)
Krys Beiro
July 24, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Debbie Anderson
July 16, 2007
I just found out today about Joey I can not even concive that Joe is gone, Joe made me laugh alot I loved having food fights with him in the kitchen tossing slices of tomatoes at him and running to duck his return fire. I got to know him really well while we served out tray line at Garden Terrace, while I have not worked with Joe for two years, I worked with him for four years. I saw him just a few weeks ago and he was buzy making cookies. I was quite proud to see him rise from a hard working dishwasher to a Dietary Cook, My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, Sue you are in my heart and prayers.
Lorrie Reese
July 13, 2007
I wish I knew. I wish knew I would have only known you for such a short time, I would have slowed down and taking it in. I remeber when you kissed me at your moms house one day a long long time ago lol. You were always so sweet to me and I will always keep the pictures you gave me! Always Nikki Neumeyer
Nikki Neumeyer
July 4, 2007
Hey Joey, I'm going to miss you! We had some wild times back at Granite Park. See you on the other side.
Rachel Hopper
July 3, 2007
I Miss Joe Very Dearly I Remeber All The Fun We Had Together. He Was An Amzing Person Who Left Us All A Little To Soon. I Am Very Sorry For Your Loss. I Miss You Joe And Love You. I Will See You On The Other Side.
Alycia Peacock
July 2, 2007
Sue and Family:
I am sooo sad to hear about your loss. I remember Joey when he was just a little guy. He was such nice kid. I am happy to see his photo and what a good-looking young man he grew to be. I know how much you loved him and I know how dearly he will be missed. I am glad he was able to spend his life with such a sweet family that loved him so much.
Sandra Assasnik
July 2, 2007
i cherish all the times i got to spend with joe, he was one of my closest friends and will be missed deeply.
may you rest in peace, brother.
see you on the other side.
Jackie Rumery
June 30, 2007
Dear Sue, Tony and Matt;
I have so many happy memories over the years with special moments at Birthday parties, and get togethers with your family when the kids were young and even when I first met you Sue with little Joey at the daycare where we worked together. He was allways smiling, with energy and enthusiasium for life. And thank you for keeping in touch with me over the years. I know that he will be your familys angel. With Love to you all.
Holli McReynolds
June 30, 2007
I can't believe this I am so sorry for your loss If there is anything I can do at any time please let me know I have known him since he was about three or four and think about you all often R.I.P. Joey! Susan please call me please let me know if there is anything I can do Love you guys 792-0968
Michele Nester (MacDonald)
June 30, 2007
Sue, This is Julie from the Garden Terrace Relief Society. Your son truly has incredible eyes. I'm sure his smile went a long way towards making people feel good.

I'm sorry this tragedy happened. I hope you and your family can find the comfort you need of knowing you will see Joey again. I know he is in a happy place with people he loves.

I am glad I got to see you at the viewing for a minute. I wasn't able to stay for the funeral but wanted a chance to let you know how much I care.

JUlie Price
June 29, 2007
Sue and Family,
My family and i would like to express our deepest condolences. On my first day working at garden terrace i was so scared...i knew no one and was so lost all day, however joey came up to me and said i know today must be your first day...dont worry..if you need anything just ask plus i think you work with my mom-sue. That was the nicest thing i have ever encountered on a first day at a job. Every day after that he always went out of his way to say hi or hold open doors...such a sweet young man. I will cherish the short time that i knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, the Thayne family-Marty, Kelli, Eric, Ryan. and Amamda.
Kelli Thayne
June 29, 2007
There really are no words that will make this any easier. You have really touched alot of peoples lives. As many have said you were like a brother to them and it takes a special person to have that effect on people. Although I am sad we haven't seen of much of each other since I left Garden Terrace, I am so grateful for the time we spent together. I am going to miss our sunday foodfights, how you would tease the hell out of me, but most of all our conversations.
You will be greatly missed
Amanda Sanchez
June 29, 2007
Hey man I quit counting the number of shows I saw ya at. We're all gonna miss yer face.
Dusty Pilkington
June 29, 2007
Joey.. I am so going to miss you!! I loved our fun times at Garden Terrace and also all of our fun outings with all our friends.. Life is not going to be the same without you.. Life wouldn't have been the same without you.. Your smile will always being tears to my eyes and heart.. Everyone who knew you is going to miss you.. I love you Joey.. You were always a great friend.. Sue and Family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to all of you!!
Leslie Barton
June 28, 2007
Joe was a one of a kind guy and I'll miss him a great deal. I'm very sorry for your loss. The worlds loss.
Ashe Aragon
June 28, 2007
Thanks for the great times that we have spent. Things won't be the same without you. Thanks for the great memories that you have left us. Condolences to the Vargas family.

James H.
James Houtz
June 28, 2007
Matty Man and family, We are very sorry about Joe. You and your family are always in our hearts. I know that you looked up to Joe and He had a special heart. Much love to you and Sue and the rest of the family. If there's anything that we can do for you please let us know. You know where to find us.
Andy & Sachiko
June 28, 2007
You were always the 1st one to show up to come to all my old bands shows, you were always nice to everyone you met and i sincerely thank you for your awesome friendship.....Love always..
Anna Kennedy
June 28, 2007
Joey was one of my first boyfriends ever. We met when we both started Junior High. He used to sign his letters to me- Marilyn Manson. I know he has touched alot of hearts and will be greatly missed. My heart and condolences go out to all who knew him.
Bre Reeves
June 28, 2007
I am so deeply sorry to the Vargas family for your loss. Take peace in knowing no one ever truely leaves us. Thanks for the amazing memories Joe I think of you often.
June 28, 2007
Joe we all love you so much. It's hard to think of the way things will be without you here with us.
Angela Hathcock
June 28, 2007
joe you were really one of the most amazing people i ever knew. even though we didnt hang out out all that much. i always talked about you to everyone i knew. your amazing car, all your great music, and your crazy tattoos. i really miss you.
Kristina Austin
June 28, 2007
Joe well be deepley missed. We lost contact but I was glad to see him a couple of weeks ago at a show, he really did love going to punk shows. To Joe's family I'm truly sorry for your loss his memory well live on forever.
June 27, 2007
Joe- You are the best you will be missed more than you can imagine. You will always be the love of my life 'Til we meet again on the other side my love CHEERS!!! April
June 27, 2007
Im so glad to have known you. Even though I hadn't seen you in a couple years I still remember hanging out with you at Al's place on the weekends and having alot of fun! You were and always will be a really great peson. I'll miss you.
Stephanie Weidauer
June 27, 2007
joe i cant believe i'll never see that comforting smile again. i miss you so much. i love your great sense of humor and your kind heart for all people. you were such a genuine person and i will never forget how we met at a punk rock show. you deeply touched the souls of all people you came in contact live free joe and as always ROCK ON
i love you joe and i will never forget you. you will always be in my heart.
heather higgins
June 27, 2007
hey Joe this has been quite a shock to everyone we are all missing you, I'm sure you know. It was just the other day you text me back about the shows going on. I didn't know you as well as Alex but I always thought you were 1 of the coolest guys & always supported your bros & the local metal scene. I'm sure you will be with us in spirit at future shows & we will see you soon take care bro.
Clif Davis
June 27, 2007
Joe and family, I was sadden to hear about this senseless and untimely loss. You were a great guy and a very nice guy. You always welcomed me with open arms as do alot of Jacqueline's friends. Oh by the way that is her real name not Jackie. How you would tease her about that. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten. May you rest in peace and find happieness where ever you may be.
Ana Rumery
June 27, 2007
This world won't be the same with out Joe.
Nick Sanchez
June 27, 2007
Hey my good friend. I will never forget the many good times we had together. We had a lot of similiar interests and some very crazy adventures in High School as well.
I know your doing well, wherever you are. My deepest condolences to your family and may you Rest In Peace
Alex Ray
June 27, 2007
June 27, 2007
He will be missed greatly by all of us. Joe you were a good man! He will always be remembered for what a great person he was. R. I. P.
Alex Buckalew
June 27, 2007
I can't believe you're not here. you were the best guy in the world always looking after others and making sure the situation was cool. this world won't be the same without you.
-CHEERS, see you again another time.
Austin Huffman
June 27, 2007
Joe - Thanks for being such a good friend to so many people. My kids Jamie, Sean, Heather and Eric all miss you very much. I will miss seeing your smiling face at our house. My heart goes out to all of your family. We will miss you. Love from Jamie, Sean, Heather, Eric Higgins
Jennifer Lepore
June 27, 2007
we will miss you very much i'm so sorry for what happen
NIna Rumery
June 27, 2007
June 27, 2007
Joe, you will be loved and missed forever. Its going to be hard without you, you where always there to brighten things up.You will be remembered and missed for a long time.
Robert Beebe
June 27, 2007
Everyone loves you. You brought a smile to our faces when you were near. You will always be a part of our lives.
June 27, 2007
Joe I'm deeply hurt by this tragedy.I'm regretful for not being as close as we were,even though i had just seen and talk to you.You were like my brother.I was your boss and sister we had fights and argued just like family you are in my heart and dreams for one day I hope to see you again.My thoughts and prayers go to you and family.We always think we have forever,thought I would see your name in lights not in death I love & miss you more than you know R.I.P
June 27, 2007
Joe, you will be forever loved and missed. Its going to be hard without you. You where always there to brighten things up. You will be remembered and missed for a long time.
Robert Beebe
June 27, 2007
Joe, this can't be it. There still so much left to do. :( I can't believe this, and i will NEVER forget you, forever in our hearts!
June 27, 2007
To Joey's family...I taught him back in 1999-2000 at Ogden HS...we had a small class...and I enjoyed so many wonderful talks with him. I especially remember his kind heart and love of poetry...I gave him a book of poetry written by Jewel...and you would have thought I gave him a million dollars...he was so are a student that will remain in my heart...I pray you have found peace...
Tracie McEwen
June 27, 2007

From the very bottom of my heart I am forever grateful to have spent the last days of you're life with you and Matt. I am deeply sad for the lost of a fantasic friend, brother, and party buddy... you're gone but never forgotten.

Peace be with the Vargas family in this tough time.
Crystal Martinez
June 27, 2007
Joe I miss you so much. I remember how you used to call me names by how I had my hair. "Short hair" "Pinky". What I would give to have you by our sides again. RIP
Love you forever
Lindsay Payne
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