Darwin John Vargas

August 5, 2006

Darwin John Vargas was an amazing son, brother, husband, father to his two daughters, step-father and grandpa to his four grandchildren. He loved to fight fires and began his career with the Turlock Rural Fire Department. In 1977, Darwin accepted a position with the California Department of Forestry (CDF), where he served Fresno and Kings County. Wanting to raise his daughter in the foothills, he accepted a position with CAL FIRE’s Amador – El Dorado Unit and served as captain of the Garden Valley Station, Growlersburg Conservation Camp and Pilot Hill Station. Darwin excelled in his duties and also served as Facility Unit Leader of CAL FIRE’s Incident Command Team Unit 7. Darwin loved his family, old cars and riding his Harley. Following his retirement, Darwin succumbed to the effects of job-related cancer. He is survived by his wife, Sonja, his sister Roberta, and his eight children, step-children and grandchildren.

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