Marcos Bueno Garcia
October 22, 1920 – February 4, 2019
Marcos Bueno Garcia, known to his family and friends as "Mark Garcia," passed away at the age of 98 at his home in Burbank, California, on February 4, 2019. He is survived by sons William Garcia of Florida, and Ronald Garcia, his longtime caregiver, also of Burbank. His wife of 65 years, Concepcion "Connie" Garcia, and infant daughter, Linda Ann Garcia, had preceded him in death.
Mr. Garcia was a kind and loving soul, always the life of the party with his good nature and marvelous sense of humor. To his family he was a loving husband and father, as well as a loving son-in-law to his late mother-in-law, Mrs. Apolonia Tellez Gonzalez Ontiveros, of Burbank, California.
After leaving his hometown of Bakersfield, California, at the age of 18 in 1938 where he was born and raised, Mr. Garcia went on to work in the aircraft industry after six months of college, working for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, and then on to Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank. After serving in World War II, enlisting with the U.S. Army in September of 1942, he returned to Lockheed Aircraft where he would remain for 50+ years until his retirement.
During his early days in the aircraft industry he was approached by the late Howard Hughes who offered him a job in Torrance, California. Mr. Garcia was unaware of his identity when the gentleman approached him. Due to the daily commute it would involve from his home in Burbank, he declined Mr. Hughes' offer, who then offered his co-workers at Lockheed the same job. They accepted and that's when Mr. Garcia would later learn of Howard Hughes' identity, but Mr. Garcia never had any regrets about his decision.
As an electrician and to supplement the family income, Mr. Garcia went on to work on the private planes of actor Danny Kaye, aviator Asher Ward and several other pilots. In his work on private planes at the Van Nuys Airport, he saved actress-pilot Susan Oliver from a nasty fall one day. The late Miss Oliver was stepping off a private plane, owned by her friend and aviator Dwight Brooks, when she stumbled and started to fall forward. Fortunately for her, Mr. Garcia happened to be at the right place at the right time, and caught her in his arms, breaking the fall. Miss Oliver was most extremely grateful for his kindness.
In his eighties and nineties, Mr. Garcia loved to ride a bicycle in favor of his car, to do his errands around Burbank. Even well into his 90's, Mr. Garcia could often be seen riding into beautiful downtown Burbank, walking his bicycle when going over the Olive Avenue overpass, or returning home via the Magnolia Boulevard overpass, to stop at the Burger King restaurant on Victory Boulevard for coffee and hamburgers. Mr. Garcia could always be seen with a cup of coffee in his hands all over town.
His riding a bicycle seven days a week, running errands on his bike sometimes as often as up to three times a day, attributed to his longevity, say his Burbank friends and family. From Ralph's supermarket and Pavilions, or even Del Taco, Mr. Garcia could be seen loading up his bicycle with up to 8 or 9 plastic bags of groceries and take-out, tied to his bike's handle bars, for the ride home. He often refused to use his own car, and wouldn't accept rides from anyone. He was fiercely independent.
In 2010 Mr. Garcia was hit by a car at the intersection of Providencia and Lake in Burbank while riding his bicycle one morning on his way to Ralph's supermarket on Alameda. Proving his fierce independence once again and tough attitude, he refused medical treatment and cited it was his fault, and not the driver of the vehicle. Son Ronald convinced him to seek medical treatment and, ironically, spent two months recuperating in the same North Hollywood nursing facility as his wife, who was there temporarily, sharing a room together!
It was at age 94 in 2014 when he had to give up riding his bicycle after several nasty falls, in which passerbys would stop their cars to get out and assist him. His last fall at the intersection of Verdugo and Victory, by the Corner Cottage restaurant in Burbank, was the fall that convinced him he could no longer ride his bike.
He then used a walker for the next year or so until he needed a wheelchair. But a wheelchair didn't stop Mr. Garcia. He could still be seen by Burbankers in his local neighborhood, stopping for coffee at Winchell's Donut Shop, buying lottery tickets at the Favorite Liquor Store, or buying sundry items at the Rancho Market, a long time customer going as far back as 60+ years, he once claimed.
Mr. Garcia's late wife and her family, are one of the oldest families in Burbank, her grandparents settling in the early 1920's from Arizona. Son William is retired from the U.S. Air Force; son Ronald is a writer and author. He was extremely proud of both his sons.
Mr. Garcia is also survived by two brothers, Frank Garcia of Bakersfield, Joe Bueno Garcia of Torrance (author of the book "Life Goes Out Of Style"), one sister, Anita B. Garcia, and seven nephews and nieces. No grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed.