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Obituary Information for Dr. Joseph Vargas


Dr. Joseph Martin Vargas, Jr., of East Lansing, passed away peacefully with family at his side on April 18, 2024. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on March 11, 1942, the son of the late Joseph Martin, Sr., and Rita (Gallery) Vargas.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, MaryAnn Vargas; sons Joseph Martin Vargas, III; Michael (Vicky) Vargas; daughter Kathleen Vargas; grandchildren, Brennan Vargas, Madeline Vargas, Thomas Vargas; brothers Kevin Vargas, John (Veronica) Vargas; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends and colleagues.

Joseph graduated from De La Salle High School in Tiverton, Rhode Island, in 1959. He spent his youth working on his Grandparent’s farm, milking cows, tending to the crops, and performing other various farm duties. He also worked at Fall River Country Club, which sparked his interest in turf grass. Upon high school graduation, Joseph attended the University of Rhode Island, where he received his B.S. in 1963, and met his future wife, MaryAnn Duffy. He went on to receive his M.S. from Oklahoma State University in 1965, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1968.

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