Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX


Celestino R. Vargas III

March 12, 1949May 18, 2020
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Celestino “Tony” Vargas was a decorated Vietnam Veteran earning numerous Bronze stars, a proud police officer for the San Antonio Police Department - a member of their first ever SWAT team and a highly respected Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent. Beloved Brother, Tio, Father and Grandfather.

He will be extremely missed by his five siblings, 17 nieces and nephews, three children and four grandchildren.

Celestino R. Vargas was born on March 12, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas and passed away on May 18, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona and is under the care of Sunset Funeral Home.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 29, 2020


Celestino R. Vargas III

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Tery larison

May 28, 2020

Tony, my prayers go out to your family. Save me place in heaven.
Terry Larison , fellow classmate 72D, SAPD, retired.

Terry Austin

May 26, 2020

Tony will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
May the grace of our Lord give him perpetual light.

Claire Sutton

May 24, 2020

Prayers and deep condolences to Tony’s family at this time of sorrow. I had the pleasure of working with Tony in Miami on a detail in the early 80’s. He was a dedicated agent, a gentleman, and a very kind person. He always had a smile when he would talk about his children. You will be missed.😥🇺🇸

Fred Gleffe

May 24, 2020

Tony & I went the ATF Basic Agent class back in 1979. He was always a good listener. Being a veteran myself, we talked about the war & the life long friendships we made along the way. Rest In Peace My Brother. We will all be together in the Kingdom of God.🙏🏻😢🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Sharon Schmidt

May 24, 2020

I was so glad to be able to meet this kind man and to witness his love for his children and grandchildren. He will be missed. He provided immeasurable service to his country and his family.

thomas jr smith

May 23, 2020

My prayers are with Tonys' 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

Henry Alonzo

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.

Ramon Bazan

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.

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