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Loving husband, father, and grandfather, Tony Argento passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 at the age of 73. Tony was born on July 27, 1938 in San Jose, Calif. to Tony and Mary (Feranna) Argento. He grew up on ranches and was always around the rodeo. One of his greatest achievements as a kid was becoming an Eagle Scout. He graduated in 1957 from Napa High School. He and his high school sweetheart, Laura were married on Oct. 28, 1958 in Reno, Nev. and had two sons. From 1958-1962, he honorably served his country as a Navy Seabee. He worked for 35 years as a lineman, installer, and repairman for the Phone Company.
He was the founder of Grass Valley 4-Wheelers in 1966, and was also part of the Volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years, Grass Valley Elks No. 538, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers where he was part of the moving force behind construction of the Yuba River Overlook on Wheelchair access handicapped trial north of Nevada City.
He was a true outdoorsman, loving to go 4-wheeling, fishing, and back-country mule packing. Tony was passionate about life and his family. He found great joy in helping others.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Laura of Penn Valley; sons, Tony Jr. (Marci) of Reno, Nev. and Mike (Cindy) of Grass Valley; granddaughter, Jamie (Kolby) Miller of Grass Valley; grandsons, Joe Argento of Quincy, Calif. and Chris Argento of Grass Valley; sister, Catherine Weaver of Oakland, Calif.; nephew, Richard Weaver of Oakland, Calif.; and niece, Melody (Mark) Mariani of Napa, Calif.
He is predeceased by his parents, Tony and Mary (Feranna) Argento; brother, Fred Argento; and sister, Lucille Davis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nevada Union High School FFA Chapter.
Memorial Service starts at 11 am on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Grass Valley Veterans' Memorial Building, 255 So. Auburn Street. Immediately following, there will be a "Celebration of Life" held at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. Please dress casual or in your favorite western wear.