Miller Memorial Chapel


John Gregory Vartanian Jr.

24 abril , 19355 mayo , 2021

John Gregory Vartanian Jr., age 86 entered into rest on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. John was born April 24, 1935 in Fresno, California to Mary Theresa Vartanian and John Gregory Vartanian Sr..

John is survived by his son John Vartanian; daughter Diane Farley; son Greg Vartanian; daughter Karen Vartanian; daughter Sharon Vartanian; daughter Charlene Vartanian; daughter Cathleen Shuklian; daughter Carolyn Vartanian; son David Vartanian; daughter Janice Berquist; and daughter Lisa Vartanian. Mr. Vartanian is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his spouse Shirley (Stone) Vartanian (1967); spouse Arlene Vartanian (2006); son Thomas Vartanian and son (Infant) Vartanian; father John Gregory Vartanian Sr. and mother Mary Theresa Vartanian; sister Sister Patricia Vartanian, SP.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Vartanian family.


  • Shirley (Stone) Vartanian (deceased 1967), Spouse
  • Arlene Vartanian (deceased 2006), Spouse
  • John Gregory Vartanian Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Mary Theresa Vartanian, Mother (deceased)
  • Sister Patricia Vartanian, SP, Sister (deceased)
  • John Vartanian, Son
  • Diane Farley, Daughter
  • Greg Vartanian, Son
  • Karen Vartanian, Daughter
  • Thomas Vartanian, Son (deceased)
  • Sharon Vartanian, Daughter
  • Charlene Vartanian, Daughter
  • Cathleen Shuklian, Daughter
  • Carolyn Vartanian, Daughter
  • David Vartanian, Son
  • Janice Berquist, Daughter
  • Lisa Vartanian, Daughter
  • (Infant) Vartanian, Son (deceased)
  • Mr. Vartanian is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.


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John Gregory Vartanian Jr.


Richard & Cindy Cook

20 junio , 2021

David & Greg,
Sorry to see notice of the passing of your dad.
He established a fine dining legend and the two of you have maintained his vision.

Take care.
Richard & Cindy Cook

Bob Johnson

24 mayo , 2021

Sorry To hear of John’s passing. Many great memories from Wilsonia with Tim and Mary Del Johnson.

Bob and Elaine (Elaine Deceased) Johnson

Roger Johnson

23 mayo , 2021

Dear David and Greg

Our sincere condolences to both of you and the rest of your family at this time of loss of your father.

Sincerely, Roger and Ann Johnson

Judy Watry-Dlugonski

23 mayo , 2021

What an outstanding individual in so many ways! My family has enjoyed the fine dining and beautiful ambience on many occasions since Vintage Press opened decades ago. He has left a wonderful legacy for his children to cherish and for the dining public to enjoy. Thank you, John. Rest In Peace.

Tamara Doe

21 mayo , 2021

My husband, Russell Doe, and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Vartanian family.

In so many ways John Vartanian and the Vintage Press were the heart and essence of what made Visalia the beautiful, charming town that it is.

Russell and Tamara Doe

Lanny Larson

21 mayo , 2021

I've had the pleasure of experiencing Vartanian family hospitality since the early 1970s. Although I've lived in Fresno/Clovis, the Vintage Press was where we went -- and still do -- for the special occasions, including a night in a Visalia so we could enjoy some fine wine without worry. I remember John and Arlene from the front of the house: always gracious. I became acquainted with Greg and David in my days as food and wine editor at The Fresno Bee. In more recent years, we have continued to visit when we could, especially for birthdays, anniversaries and the like. Special occasions call for special care from special people. We always feel the warmth that must be baked into every Vartanian and the attention to detail that makes each visit memorable. While I grieve John's loss, I'm comforted by sweet memories and the certainty that more memories will be made with his offspring.

Brenda Allan

18 mayo , 2021

We wish the entire Vartanian family our sincere condolences.

John was a character and such a nice person. We remember sharing a nip with him from his mobile bar at the St Patrick’s day parade.

We miss him. Love Graham and Brenda Allan and our staff at Visalia Harley-Davidson.

Rhonda Montgomery

16 mayo , 2021

Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father and patriarch. I remember my dad (Doyle Ritchie) taking us 4 kids in the evening to Plaza park to play tennis with the Vartanians, what a surprise when your dad drove up in a station wagon and out poured maybe 10 of you kids! Like you, we feel like we grew up spending special occasions and many delicious meals at the "VP" .
Our thoughts and prayers for John and your family during this time.
May your legacy continue!
Greg and Rhonda Montgomery

Laney Baltazar

15 mayo , 2021

To the Vartanian Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. John was a person I well admired since I was his Health Inspector for several years. It was always a pleasure to visit with him during inspections. I started doing inspections at the Vintage Press in 1994 and also during when the working of the preparation of his other ventures. I had my retirement dinner at the Vintage Press on March 16, 2007 and it was fabulous and well done. It is with a heavy heartfelt sadness that John has passed. I always remembered Arlene when she greeted at the door, and I have met a lot of the family and I send my regards and condolences to the family. May John RIP. Prayers for the family🌹🌹🙏🏻🙏🏻

Tom Link

15 mayo , 2021

So Sorry to about your fathers passing. He was a great man and did so much for our downtown.

Tom & Ordonna LInk
Kelly & Julie Link