June 29, 1956 - August 1, 2013
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Marc Alan Agena, a Vietnam War veteran who helped evacuate Saigon, died earlier this month. He was 57.
Agena was born to Francis and Shirley Agena who moved to Los Angeles from Hawaii shortly before Marc was born. He attended Berendo Junior High School and Los Angeles High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. His mother tried to discourage her son from joining and appealed to the U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who lost his right arm during World War II.
Sen. Inouye had a brief phone conversation and actually encouraged the teenager. "Marc's life was about serving others," said Agena's wife, Jayne.
Agena reported to basic training at Camp Pendelton and served as a radio dispatcher in Vietnam. He participated in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy and was later honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
Agena returned to Los Angeles where he joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He met Jayne at a church function and the two married in 1989 and settled in Gardena. They had a son, Jonathan, in 1995.
Agena also worked in public relations for the Los Angeles Zoo, a dee jay for KLOS, a counselor for the mentally disabled and owned and operated several of his own businesses.
He is survived by Jayne and Jonathan, his father Francis, sisters Sandra Scharf and Terry, cousin Blanche Nakasone, many nephews and nieces and numerous bottles of hot sauce.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 26 at 11 a.m. Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 22, 2013