Juneau resident Marlon Uddipa Batac died at home in his sleep on Jan. 16, 2009. He was 43.
Born on June 17, 1965, in Pinili Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he is the son of Gloria Uddipa Batac, of Juneau, and the late Carlito Cabralda Batac.
He graduated from Ilocos Norte National High School in Laog City, Philippines, and attended Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines, studying computer engineering.
He managed and operated the family transportation business, Busline.
Known as "Mayor," he loved family gatherings where he got to show off his cooking skills and his sense of humor, his family said.
"He was always the life of the party and had the natural ability to make everyone smile and laugh," they said. "He will be deeply missed."
His love for his children and his desire to better their lives brought him to Juneau on Sept. 18, 2003. His main goal was to help his son, Gian, realize his racing dream and start of a computer sales business, and for his daughter, Giannie, to graduate from high school and go on to college.
He was employed with Wildflower Court and the Juneau School District.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Gian Kharlo Batac, of Juneau; daughter, Giannie Glenn Batac, of Juneau; sister, Melinda Batac Layugan, of Juneau; brother, Merrick Uddipa Batac, of Juneau; niece, Jamaica Tabbada, of Juneau; and nephews, Ian Daguimol and Alexander Daguimol Jr., John Klein Tabbada, Elkan Layugan and Etan Layugan, all of Juneau, and Jei-Mel Batac, of the Philippines.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, at the Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at St Paul's Catholic Church.