Aug. 3, 1964 — Oct. 17, 2020
Tony Frank Vavra was born August 3, 1964 in Inglewood, CA to proud parents Ronald and Beverly Vavra. Tony grew up in Southern California, where he attended elementary and middle school in West Covina. In 8th grade, Tony lived with his sister, Debbie, in Covina so he could finish junior high while his parents built a house in the Kern River Valley. Upon completion of their home Tony moved to the Kern River Valley where he would start high school in 1978, his freshman year at Kern Valley High. Tony was into lifting weights and he loved the water and the outdoors. One of his favorite places to go was the water slides and you could always find him swimming at the Kern River somewhere. Tony loved to have a good time, going to rock concerts, socializing and partying.
Tony graduated Kern Valley High in 1982 and immediately went to work for the city of Santa Monica Parks and Recreation. In 1987, Tony married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Janet Oskam. They bought a home in Palmdale where Tony would commute to work from every day. The proudest moment in Tony’s life was in 1994 when his son Anthony Vavra was born. Tony retired from the city in 2004 and shortly after moved back to the Kern River Valley in 2006, unfortunately Tony and Janet parted ways that same year. Tony passed away at Hoffman Hospice Hospital in Bakersfield, California on October 17, 2020 of a cardiac arrest and pulmonary embolism. He was 56 years old.
Tony wasn’t a perfect person but he had a huge heart. He loved his family and his friends and spoke of them often. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to help someone out, and he will be loved and missed by many.
Tony is preceded in death by his mother Beverly Jo Vavra; aunts Louise Roehrman and Nadene Matthews; and brother Tin (Phy) Vavra.
He is survived by his father Ronald Irvin Vavra Sr.; brother Ronald Vavra Jr.; sister Debbie Loseth and husband Mark Loseth; brother Robby Vavra; son Anthony Vavra; aunt and uncle Betty and Bob Still; nieces Melissa Reese and Lela Loseth; and nephew Ronald Vavra Haigler.
Tony was proud of his Indian Heritage and loved the old western cowboy days. His service will be held at the Kern River Valley Cemetery at 8441 Burlando Road on Nov. 20, 2020 at 12 p.m. (High Noon). Due to regulations of the county a mask and social distancing will be required. All who knew and loved him are welcome to attend his services.