Howard Garcia

May 29, 1938 - August 09, 2015

Howard Garcia

May 29, 1938 - August 09, 2015


Howard Garcia, age 77, passed away on Sunday August 9th, 2015 surrounded by his family.

Howard retired from the US Marine Corps following 23 years of service which included 3 tours in Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam Howard was both a helicopter pilot and a gunner who was shot down multiple times.

Howard owned a fish processing business located at Fish Point for over 35 years. Howard loved poker, spending social time with his family and friends, and had a huge heart. He always took care of his family and anyone who needed his help.

Howard married Penny Abitia on July 20th, 2004. Penny passed away 2 days later on July 22, 2004. Howard is survived by his children Heather, Christopher, Jeremy and daughter in law Dina Garcia, Shannon Cagey and his sister Natalia Height.

He was preceded in death by his mother Evelyn Charles and his sister Theresa Garcia.

Howard has 7 grandchildren Victor, Veronica, Isabelle, Natalie, Penelope, Brittany, and Taylor, 4 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tribute service will be Thursday 8/13/15 6:00pm , Funeral service Friday 8/14/15 9:00am. Both services will be held at Wexliem Community Building.

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: August 14, 2015 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Wexliem Community Building
  • Location: 2100 Lummi View Rd Bellingham, WA 98226 - (Get Directions)


  • Date & Time: August 13, 2015 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Ferndale Moles
  • Location: 2039 Main Street Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) 38-4-1391

Tribute Service

  • Date & Time: August 13, 2015 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Wexliem Community Building
  • Location: 2100 Lummi View Rd Bellingham, WA 98226 - (Get Directions)

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13 responses to Howard Garcia

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  1. Your Father, Grand Father, and Great Grandfather was my Drill Instructor in boot camp. It was Oct. 1, 1968 Plt 1096. Because of him myself and the rest of the Marines from our platoon came back alive. He was one tough son of a gun. At the time I didn’t realize what he was doing for us. All he wanted was for us to make it back, and we did. I am writing this with tears in my eyes because I was never able to thank him for what he did. The guys that are left from that platoon get together every October for about the last seven years. There are about 15 of us. This year we will toast this Great marine. I now have three children of my own and I can thank him for the many Blessings I have been able to enjoy. Thank You Staff Sargent Garcia and Rest in Peace my Brother.

    Semper Fi
    John P. Macchione

  2. Fond memories of Howard from the time he was in high school with my brother and later when we met at functions at Greg Pike’s for a 4-5-6 game. He was always so friendly and great to visit with (always asked about our mom). RIP

  3. I know that this is a late, but many of the Marines of HMM-364 were just notified that our friend had passed. Howard was one of the best Crew Chiefs that I had the honor of flying with during 65-66. A true Marine!

  4. Ron huston says:

    Rest in peace gunnery, cpl r j huston platoon 1096 1968 thanks for making me a good marine. He trained me well.

  5. So Sorry to hear of Howard’s passing but we were the lucky ones who fought and came home to raise our families while many of our friends came home to graves or didn’t come home at all. God bless you and all of the extended family. John

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