Obit: Richard Emile deVargas

Richard Emile deVargas
May 15, 1963 – March 15, 2019

Richard Emile deVargas, 55, of Natchitoches, Louisiana passed away on March 15, 2019, after a courageous five-year battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches with Reverend Blake Deshautelle as celebrant and Reverend Louis Sklar as concelebrant. Interment will follow at the Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home. 

Richard was born on May 15, 1963, in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1981. Richard received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University where he played on the Demon football team as a linebacker. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he served as President of the Theta Mu chapter. Richard went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate from Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He practiced law in Natchitoches and worked most recently as Assistant District Attorney in Sabine Parish. He is a past president of the Natchitoches Parish Bar Association and was previously named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Richard coached youth football and was an avid sports fan all his life. He was passionate about broadcasting St. Mary’s Tigers football and Northwestern State University Demons football. His colorful and enthusiastic commentary will be well remembered by area football fans.

Richard is a past Chairman of the Natchitoches Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. He was a member of the Rotary Club and NSU Athletic Association. Richard was a recipient of the NSU Legendary Link Award. He recently reigned as the King of the 2019 Mystic Krewe de St. Denis. Richard was a faithful husband, devoted father and loyal friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Amy Whitford deVargas, daughter Elizabeth Kate and son William Richard, brother Christopher deVargas and his wife Quinetta, in-laws Michael and Connie Whitford. Richard was preceded in death by his parents Richard McCliesh “Dicky” and Janell Harkins deVargas.

The pallbearers are Corwyn Aldredge, Joe Bienvenu, Russel Bienvenu, Joe Stamey, Ricky Walmsley, Mike Veach and David Wheat. The honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Brandon, Don Burkett, Chris Maggio, Pat Mondello, Gary Morgan, Craig Simmons, and Billy West.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Dr. Mariela Blum-Murphy, Dr. Ecaterina Dumbrava and the team at MD Anderson Hospital, Glenda Guillet and Hospice of Natchitoches, Dr. Stephen Wheat, Joe Stamey, Don Burkett and staff at the Sabine Parish District Attorney’s Office, Mike Whitford, Jr., Jay and Jennifer Rossi, lifelong friends Corwyn Aldredge and Russel Bienvenu.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the St. Mary’s School Collection for emergency assistance and tuition aid to families in need.


3 thoughts on “Obit: Richard Emile deVargas

  1. I am so deeply saddened to hear of the death of Richard deVargas. He was one of the kindest, most gentle and a sincerely honest Christian that I knew of in Natchitoches. He was always willing to reach out to others in their time of need. My sincere and deepest sympathy to his family a d friends.

  2. I met his wife about 5 6 years ago when I worked at Stage, I asked was she related to him, because her credit card had DeVargas on it, then, was when she told me he was her husband, and proceeded to tell me he had cancer, my heart sunk, I met Mr. Devargas years ago, he was my brothers attorney for a while, and the last time my brother got in trouble, back in 2007, I went to Mr. Devargas, and he remembered me, that stick with me til this day. I said, that could be a good or bad thing Mr. Devargas, that could mean my brother stay in too much trouble, and now you remember my face, we both laughed…i proceeded to tell him my brothers situation and he told me, I’m going to be honest with you, the evidence that they have on him, hes not going anywhere, he say, I could have took your money and told you the same thing, he say but that wouldn’t have been right!!! Wow!! What an amazing man!!! He was a very sweet and caring man!! My brother passed away in 2014!! Ao to his wife, kids and family, God makes no mistakes whatsoever, he is in good hands, and now resting peacefully!! Rest knowing that God takes the best!!!! Very sincerely, Carla Besant

  3. Dern cancer! (wanted to use stronger language). I didn’t know Mr. Vargas, except by reputation and hearing him on the radio sometimes. But, his is another tragic loss to the Big C. Thoughts and prayers to his family and all who knew him.

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