Harold D. "Hank" Marcotte
July 30, 1937 – March 30, 2019
Harold “Hank” Marcotte, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Grossmont Hospital surrounded by his family. Hank, the youngest of 5 children, was born on a farm in rural Kansas on July 30, 1937 to Alphonse Marcotte and Edna Chavey Marcotte. After living in a boxcar for a few months while his dad was working on a pipeline, the family moved to Salina, Kansas. In elementary school he caddied with his older brother at the Salina Golf Course where he learned to play and love golf at an early age. While at Sacred Heart High School, Hank was an All-State basketball player for 2 years and went to Regis College in Denver on a basketball scholarship. He graduated in 1960 with a BS in Business Administration. Soon after graduating, Hank joined the US Air Force and was commissioned 2nd Lt in 1962. His first assignment was at Myrtle Beach AFB in South Carolina during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His additional assignments included Thule, Greenland Air Defense Command where he met the King of Denmark. Hank later served as an Armed Forces Courier at McGuire AFB in New Jersey and Charleston AFB in South Carolina where Andrea and Brenda were born. In 1969, he entered the procurement field with 2 assignments at Chanute AFB in IL from ’69-’71 where David was born and ’74-’77 where Sarah was born and at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX from ’71-74. From ‘77-‘80, Hank served at the Defense Contract Administration Region –NY and then served at Vandenberg AFB in California at the Western Space and Missile Center as chief of the contracts division until he retired in 1983 . In July ‘84, Hank and his family moved to San Diego where he worked for General Dynamics, Qualcomm, and Ericsson until he retired for good in 2002.
Hank was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Church and was a charter member of the Francis Cabrini Council of the Knights of Columbus at OLG. He enjoyed doing volunteer work for the Knights as well as delivering food for Meals on Wheels for 11+ years. Along with helping others, Hank also enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards, traveling, and eating ice cream. Hank was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Mark Marcotte and Marjorie Baughman. Hank is survived by his brother, Conrad Marcotte; sister, Regis Duggan; wife, Jean; children Andrea (Johnny) Crankshaw, Brenda (Jason) Contreras, David Marcotte, and Sarah (John) Newlon; and grandchildren Jeffrey and Julia Nellis and Evan and Paige Newlon and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church in El Cajon on Wednesday, May 15th. Rosary services will be at 12:30 followed by a funeral mass and reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Fr. Joe’s Villages or the Our Lady of Grace building fund.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Our Lady of Grace
2766 Navajo Road