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Juneau resident Marc Harold Blaine, 56, died Dec. 18, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, surrounded by his brother, Harry, and close friends.
He was born to Floyd and Ruth (Mann) Blaine on July 25, 1949, in Winter, Wis. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was in the service for more than eight years and was decorated numerous times for expert marksmanship and good conduct. He received the commendation medal, overseas service bars and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He served in Vietnam for four years and was stationed in Germany for two years. He was in the military police for four years.
After serving his country, he settled in Juneau. He was a commercial fisherman, a bus driver for Mendenhall Glacier Tours and a cab dispatcher. Friends remember the T-shirt he wore while working for the tour company that said, "The world is going to hell and I'm driving the bus." He enjoyed NASCAR, his friends and the Green Bay Packers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Steve; and his sister, Cheri.
He is survived by his sisters, Vickie Huber and her husband, Richard, of Mellen, Wis., and Linda Kokko and her husband, Dale, of Highbridge, Wis.; his brother, Harry Blaine and his wife, Sherry, of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; his uncles, Harry Mann of Sauk City, Wis., and Archie Mann and his wife, Eva, of Yucaipia, Calif.; his aunt, Judy Mann of Lake Nebagamon, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Dec. 27 in Mellen, Wis. Internment was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Highbridge, Wis., with military honors under the auspices of Mellen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2273.
A Juneau celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. on his favorite day, Daytona Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Triangle Club.