Noel E. Vargas, Jr., age 66, entered into eternal rest Friday, October 26, 2018. He was born on October 17, 1952. He is survived by his wife, Marion Cahill Vargas; father, Noel E. Vargas, Sr.; brother, Eric S. Vargas (Beth); and nephews Matthews Vargas, Alexander Vargas and Noel E. Vargas, II. He is preceded in death by his sister, Claudette Marie Vargas; brother, Edward R. Vargas; and mother, Clotilde N. Vargas. Noel was a proud graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans; received his Bachelors of Art in History from the University of New Orleans; and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University. Noel began his career in banking law with the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions and then proceeded to litigation and insurance defense. He found his true calling, however, in the practice of adoption law where he established his private practice, devoting himself for over 20 years to supporting those in need of his services. He was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Jefferson); admitted to practice in the Louisiana Supreme Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts, the Louisiana Supreme Court for the 5th and 11th Districts; and the U.S. Court of Trade, US Supreme Court. Noel was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and was the recipient of the “Angel in Adoption Award” conferred by the Congressional Coalition. His greatest joy and achievement, though, came in knowing that his work made a definitive difference in forming the 800+ families that he touched with adoption placements. This was the way he chose to serve his community and to honor his profession. Noel will be remembered for his love of history, politics and sports. He often was a guest lecturer at Loyola, Tulane and LSU Law Schools and participated in teaching activity at Jesuit (practical law) and Baton Rouge College (paralegal studies). While in Baton Rouge he volunteered as a youth soccer coach. He has spent the years since taking joy in watching and learning about the successes of the many young people with whom he was involved. A godfather to many, a devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, Noel will always be remembered by those that knew him for his kindness and generosity with his time. Noel lived the meaning of being a “man for others.”
Services will be held on Saturday November 3, 2018, at 3:30 PM, at his beloved Jesuit High School, Chapel of the North American Martyrs on Carrollton and Banks. Donations can be made to the ABBA fund offering adoption assistance for those in need (WWW.ABBA.ORG). Interment will be private.