Early Saturday morning Gary Vargas lost his fight against lung cancer. Detected in the early part of this year he survived chemotherapy to return to work only to get set back down this late fall. Gary, a long time dominant pitcher out of the Hayward area for several teams was probably best remembered as one of the pitching staff along with Peter Brown, Rich Balswick and Steve Padilla, who carried the Nor Cal Merchants fastpitch team to the start of their run of three straight National Championships in the 40 and over Masters Division.
Family services will be closed. Brother Rick Vargas and his family are inviting family and friends to a Memorial Service with a celebration of Garyâ€™s life to follow at the Patrick Gomer softball field in Hayward starting at one thirty pm. on Sunday January 15, 2006.
If anyone would like to share any experiences or stories about Gary, please forward that information to Rick Vargas at the following:
8334 Almondwood Lane
Stockton, Ca. 95210