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Obituary for Miguel Drew Vega

April 16, 1990 - August 7, 2019
Belmont, California | Age 29

Obituary

Miguel Drew Vega

How do we wrap our heads around the loss of our beloved Miguel Drew Vega? How do we justify the loss of a charismatic, joyful, handsome, funny, caring, 29 year old man? I don't think we can nor do I think we should…
"Show me O Lord, my life's end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting is my life.
You have made my days a mere
handbreadth;
The span of my years is nothing
before you
Each man's life is but a breath.
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro Psalm 39:4-6

On April 16th 1990, God answered our prayers with the birth of a little bald headed baby boy, in fact he was totally hairless. We named this little fellow Miguel Drew Vega. That big personality, that sense of humor, that zest for life, was not cultivated over years, it was innate from the day he was born.
As a toddler, he would make funny faces to make you laugh and he would hum as he ate. That personality would only grow bigger and touch each and every one of us because he always knew how to make others feel their best! His bright smile would always light up a room and his voice was definitely always heard! Nobody can forget his dance moves or the crazy faces he would make to help bring his stories to life, and of course, how hard he could make you laugh. He seemed always equipped with a story which was never short on laughs.
Miguel had a loud voice, big hearty laugh, and a bigger heart of gold. Once you met Miguel, you just never forgot him.
At the age of seven however, Miguel was diagnosed with Juvenile Type One Diabetes. A condition that would rob him of many days of normalcy as it gradually chipped away at every vital organ. But to look at him and be in his presence, you would never know just how sick and often debilitated he often was. Perhaps Miguel escaped the cruel reality of diabetes with his sci -fi books and movies, video games, and cartoons. He loved PlayStation, and would stay up all night playing games such as Final Fantasy, The Last Of Us, and many others. Many of his favorite shows were Modern Family, Family Guy, American Dad and let's not forget Game of Thrones, the Avengers, Black Panther, Get Out and the list goes on. He was also known for his love of comics, manga, and anime Iron Man, Naruto, Bleach, Spider-Man, and Fantastic 4 but more recently Nathan Pyle's alien comics that so reflected Miguel's sense of humor. In many ways he was animated, so very animated. He was a very special person full of life, and could talk to anyone. He didn't have a shy bone in his body - he approached the world with curiosity, wonder, and an adventurous spirit. Even if he walked into a room knowing no one, by the end of his time there, he would have at least five new friends. He was constantly making everyone around him laugh, with his storytelling and quick wit. He was patient, always willing to help troubleshoot random tech questions or teach you how to do something. He was impossible to forget and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Miguel was too proud to tell most he had the disease, yet too carefree to allow it to steal his enthusiasm, zest, and zeal for life.
Miguel was special to each one of us in some special way. The old negro spiritual that embodies him says,
"If you touched somebody as you passed this way
if you have cheered somebody with a word or song,
if you helped somebody along the way
Then your living was not in vain."
Miguel touched us all.
We can't measure the worth of our existence by the amount of time spent on earth, but by the amount of love we have extended. So by this measure, his days on earth far exceeded his 29 years.
Despite having this disease, Miguel never lost focus of his goals and never let his bright personality diminish. As Miguel grew older, his grip on this disease loosened, ultimately losing the fight against it on August 7, 2019. On that day, we lost his human form, but his spirit will live in each of us because as Toni Morrison said, "Something that is loved, can never be lost." With that, we must hold on tight to our memories, until we meet him again.
Miguel is survived by his parents, Marlena and Hector Vega, sister Tara Vega, brother Daniel Vega , brother Aaron Vega, sister-in-law Krissy Vega, and a whole host of loving uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances.

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