Ventura County Search & Rescue
Mark McGuire
  • 61 years old
  • Date of birth: May 5, 1950
  • Place of birth:
    Long Beach, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 17, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Ojai, California, United States
Let the memory of Mark be with us forever


Mark D. McGuire, "Mac" passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Ojai, California.

Mark was preceded in death by his father William McGuire. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie McGuire, Sister Kathy Sexton (Husband Ron) of Soldotna AK, and brothers, Chris (Wife Kim) Jeff, and Brian all of Ojai. He also leaves behind his two children Dane McGuire (wife Amber) and Megan McGuire of Camarillo. Along with several nieces and nephews.

Born on May 5, 1950, in Long Beach, the family then moved to Ojai in 1954 where Mark has been a lifelong resident. Mark attended schools in the Ojai Valley, graduating from Nordhoff High School in 1968.

After High School, Mark enlisted in the U.S Army where he became a member of the Elite 173d Airborne Brigade. He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War earning several medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Badge and Air Medal.

Vietnam did not end for him upon his return as it was still a daily part of his life.  He established many relationships with men in his unit that continued to this day.  He held these relationships in the highest regard.

Upon returning home from Vietnam, he worked as a mechanic at Lake Casitas Boat Rental for a number of years. He also ran Heavy Equipment for the Operating Engineers Union.

He then entered the Machinist Trade in the late 1970’s with Industrial Tools Incorporated (I.T.I.) located in Ojai. Mark worked as a Machinist/Tool Maker for 30+ years working for various Machine Shops in the County throughout his career.

Mark was a member of the VFW Hall of Ojai where he had many good friends. He was also a past member of the Upper Ojai Sheriff Search and Rescue Team.

Being an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hike, fish, kayak, shoot, and explore.  Other interests included boats and cars of all types.

Mark was a clever craftsman who enjoyed building and machining custom models in his workshop.

His latest passion was shopping EBay for many different sorts of treasures. One dream that he was not able to fulfill was to open his own “Man Cave” antique store, which he had already built an extensive inventory.

Mark was a man who enjoyed the simple things in life, good friends and good times.  He will be dearly missed by his family as well as the many friends he has made throughout his lifetime.

In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the VFW hall of Ojai in Marks Honor.

There will be a Celebration of life for Mark on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Location: Soule Park (Site #4)
                1301 Soule Park Road
                Ojai, CA 93023

*Reminder - There is a $4.00 per car charge to park inside the park* 

Please RSVP to by May 14, 2012. 

If you have any questions or would like to contribute a side dish or dessert for the reception, please email or  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jim Schleis on 17th April 2017

"Hey Mac, Is the radio still workin ?  JIM OUT"

This tribute was added by Edward McIntyre on 17th April 2017

"Half a century ago and 4 miles NE from this spot, the wise man, Krishnamurti, wrote: “Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes you also go. He will never be alone.” RIP, Mac"

This tribute was added by Tom Kaulukukui on 17th April 2017

Hold the high ground until we get there.
We'll see you when we see you.
Sgt. K
1st Platoon of Alpha"

This tribute was added by Brian Mcguire on 17th February 2017

"My brother Mark i miss you so much , I found a box of photos of you and mom , photos at the boat races & at millner pond running the rc boats , and at palmdale when we ran the old henry j race car a i put it over the wall at the end of the track , and more pictures at ventura race way running the mini stock car , great memory's , i thank you so much for all your help you always gave me , love you Mark , see you when the time comes , your little brother Brian"

This tribute was added by Jim Schleis on 7th May 2016

"Hi MAC checking in once again (Jim)"

This tribute was added by Gheri Michele-Reynolds on 6th May 2016

"You were a really good guy that made me laugh a lot! I bet you are still making people smile and all the angels too! Take care of your mom and dad '"

This tribute was added by Dane McGuire on 5th May 2016

"Happy Birthday Dad. I love you & miss you so much!!! I think of you every day & all the good times we had. The one thing I wish I could have seen was to see you holding your grandkids but I know you are looking down at them & watching over them every day. I tell them all about you & how special of a person you were & am teaching them a lot of things I learned from you!!!  I love you dad, & miss you!!"

This tribute was added by Curtis (Buddy) Baker on 17th April 2016

"Mark the First Platoon Alpha Company 173rd Airborne will always miss you and have you in hearts and thoughts forever. What a Warrior and friend. Love you Buddy"

This tribute was added by Brian Mcguire on 14th March 2016

"My brother Mark , There is not a day that goes by that i don't think about you , You are truly mist by all . I thank you for all the things that you thought me threw the years , The memory's of all the crazy stuff we did . You always told me ( Never give up on your dreams or let any one try to stop you from reaching your dreams  )  I have to say i have made many dreams come true thanks to you . I will see you some day again . LOVE & MISS YOU , YOUR BROTHER BRIAN"

This tribute was added by Jim Schleis on 18th May 2015

"Mac I'll remember 5/19 for a long time.
if you get a chance show me a SIGN"

This tribute was added by Jeanette Robinson on 17th April 2015

"Miss you always-- you were a very special part of our lives for a long time, we have good memories, fun gatherings at your place- bbq'ing, cards, B.S. ing-- whatever! Britta even remembers that funny beehive looking thing you had hanging in your living room. She would have you pick her up to touch it-- You were always present at our crazy gatherings on the beach, helping with whatever needed to be accomplished..., fish tacos, voyages out- to- sea by kayak, all-out horseshoe wars.., and I'll never forget when my sister commented on your" pup" tent and you said " It's not a pup tent, it's a fu#%^king four season tent!"  You were dead seriously offended, but we got over it. Love Ya"

This tribute was added by Ben and Ann Gannon on 17th April 2015

You have truly been missed the past three years and especially by your family. Our family gatherings on holidays are just not complete without you.
Your sweet mother Margie has joined you recently.  She will be dearly missed too.  We loved you both!
(Kim's parents)
Ben and Ann Gannon"

This tribute was added by Scott Eyler on 10th November 2014

"Mark, thank you for your service to our country. You are, and will always be, missed by all."

This tribute was added by Rhonda Laursen on 12th October 2014

"I was thinking of you today. It still hurts my heart that you are gone."

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 26th May 2014

"Hey Mark just thinking of you day just wanted to say thank you for for your military service. You are one of a kind Bruce and I miss you so much til we meet again Love you"

This tribute was added by Curtis (Buddy) Baker on 6th May 2014

"Hey Mark thinking about at this time year and actually all times of the year. Miss you my friend. You are truly missed by so many. Miss your dry since of humor and that smile that let us know exactly what you were thinking. Wish I had talked to you longer the last time you called. I know surf' Up where you at, go catch some."

This tribute was added by walter baker on 5th May 2014

"The last time we talked, you were going to give my grandson some words of wisdom about possibly  joining the Army.( and seeing the museum) Two days later you were no longer with us. I will always regret  putting off that meeting. My grandson is now in A.I.T. at Ft. Benning,  Hope he turns out to be half the soldier you where. Walt Baker"

This tribute was added by Brian Mcguire on 5th May 2014

"Happy Birthday Mark , I miss you ."

This tribute was added by Ron and Heather Husted on 17th April 2014

"Hey Mark,
It's hard to believe it's been two years already! Our awesome little boy is a constant reminder since today he turns two years old. Wish you could have met him, I know you would have gotten a kick out of him. Until we meet again and have a cold one waiting for me up there!"

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 16th April 2014

"Well well Mark Tomorrow you left us 2 years ago and there is not a day that I don't think of you. you are missed so much just wanted to let you know that. we talk about you everyday.
Love You

This tribute was added by Jeanette Robinson on 6th May 2013

"I love your lovebirds & their constant chattering. They remind me of the times I'd catch you singing (to the Cops theme) "bad birds-bad birds,whatcha gonna
do.." as they flew rampant around your place, refusing to go back into their cage.I cherish the memories."

This tribute was added by william (lightning) morgan on 5th May 2013

"Toda you are as you have ever been my friend comrade and brother. Our world is less sweeter without you here. We have you always in our heart's and ever on our minds."

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 5th May 2013

"Just wanted to tell you Happy Birthday Mark We Miss You So Much
Love You
Pam And Bruce"

This tribute was added by Curtis (Buddy) Baker on 5th May 2013

I was honored to call you friend, comrade, brother and a fellow skysoldier. You are and will be missed by all who knew you. A soldiers soldier, one of the best.

This tribute was added by william (lightning) morgan on 18th April 2013

"Time passes  but you are in our thhoughts always remembered always missed.  A year gone by already and we miss your smile and sense of humor.  Your brother Lightning AATW"

This tribute was added by Dane McGuire on 17th April 2013

"From Amber.  I wish you could have met your new grand babies. You would have been so proud of your son.  He is already the best dad.  Jace and Jayden will always know about you and your kind soul.  We love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 17th April 2013

can't believe its been a year  we think of you so much. you are in are thoughts every day. there is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you. Love and Miss you so much
Pam and Bruce"

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 23rd December 2012

"Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year please watch over my mom who just left us and I know you are taking very good care of her. we love You Pam and Bruce"

This tribute was added by Patty Albert-Leis on 12th November 2012

"Each time a Ventura Search & Rescue helicopoter fly over my house I think of you & know you are with them during their rescue.  Know you thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Ventura Search & Resuce and they were fortunate to have you as a part of their team.  You are in my thoughts often, I miss your quiet demeanor, compassion & strength without words."

This tribute was added by Scott Eyler on 11th November 2012

"Mark - you are gone but always remembered, especially today (Veteran's Day). Your service and sacrifice are appreciated and not forgotten. Thanks to you and all the vets, past and present! I was honored that you shared your experiences with me when we worked together at Western Saw. Miss your quiet and straight-forward insights."

This tribute was added by Jeanette Robinson on 8th November 2012

"I missed hanging with you at halloween..., you always had your candy-
dish full for all those "gremlins" at your door.., the purple lights and pumpkin faces all lit up in anticipation, yeah, those Mars Bars...hmm..
you always had plenty left over.. we miss you, and I miss your smile..."

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 29th October 2012

"Hey MarkI know I have'nt written anything for awhile but, you are always in our thoughts everyday. This is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you . Love And Miss you  Bruce and Pam"

This tribute was added by Jeanette Robinson on 31st July 2012

"I walked the beach today with you in my Heart and tried to comprehend
the emptiness that I feel--- I'm so sorry you left us so soon, at the same
time--I understand. I just hope you knew how much you were Loved..."

This tribute was added by Tom Kaulukukui on 30th July 2012

"Mark was so rock-steady and ever-present that his death is like the diappearance of a mountain.  There is a void in the Universe.  When Mark died, some part of us died too.  He left in Vietnam much of the peace he needed..  I tried to support him  the post-war years.  He sacrificed much for his country, and for us.  Airborne All the Way, Mac."

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 28th July 2012

"Hey Mark Just wanted to say again How Much Bruce and I miss you. There is not a day that goes by that I don't say good morning to you. We talk about all the good times we had with you. Just wished we had more Love You Pam and Bruce"

This tribute was added by mike morris on 20th June 2012

"Mark, You were one of the good guys, always there to lighten up the situation.  Rest in peace, Ojai Boy"

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 19th June 2012

We think of you everyday. You are missed so much.I can't even tell you how much. I Miss seeing you on our couch when I come home from work. You Left us too soon. I know you are looking down on everyone and keeping us safe. We Love and miss you.Pam and Bruce"

This tribute was added by Patty Albert-Leis on 28th May 2012

"Thinking of you today Mark and thanking you for your service to our country and for sharing your life with me and all those you touched throughout your life.  You will always have a special place in my heart.  Your kind, honest & caring sole will live on in your wonderful children.  God bless ~ until we meet again.  Love, Patty"

This tribute was added by Jeanette Robinson on 26th May 2012

"A most generous, kind, tender-hearted, old-soul... Mark- you made a huge impression on my Life and you will always be tucked away deep
in my Heart."

This tribute was added by Ron and Heather Husted on 16th May 2012

"April 17th,  one of the happiest days of our lives, turned out to be a real sad one too! Our son Brett was born that day and when I went home to  get Heather and I some clothes, I was told of Marks passing. What a real cool dude and we will surely miss him!"

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 11th May 2012

"Mark I know you are looking down on all of us and watching over us. I miss you so much. I look over @ your house and its empty like my heart and Bruce's. we love you so much. Life is not the same. I come home from work and you are not sitting on the couch to ask me how was your day Nana that hurts because you are not there. We Miss you so much. Pam And Bruce"

This tribute was added by Greg Boyle on 5th May 2012

"My condolences to the McGuire family.  I would like to thank Mark for his service to our country."

This tribute was added by william (lightning) morgan on 5th May 2012

"happy birthday my brother. I am sure you are at a reunion with Lou,  Sgt Gentry, Sgt Greene, Tom Waldron, David Hughes, and the rest who fell. May you keep a place for the rest of us till we gather again on that far shore. We keep you all in our hearts and love  and supportyour families till we meet again. Once together never apart. Airborne Always"

This tribute was added by Margaret and Steve jewell on 30th April 2012

"Dear Dane, Meagan & Family: We are so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing.  I was one of your Mom's best friends, was in your Mom and Dad's wedding and threw your Mom her first baby shower.  We had many memorable, hilarious times with your Mom and Dad.  He was a kind man with a great sense of humor and tremendous courage.  Our thoughts are with you.  Steve & Maggie Jewell"

This tribute was added by jannell boyle on 30th April 2012

"Having spent a good portion of my life with y I always saw a kind and caring man.  We had a lot of good times with family and friends that I'll never forget.  You gave the world 2 wonderful children that are now grown and have the same caring and kindness.  Your family and friends will forever miss you but you will never be forgotten.

This tribute was added by Ivy Leaf on 30th April 2012

"Mark was a man from a different era, a 'mans man' if you will. I always sensed a wealth of knowledge and experiences that weighed heavily upon him. Even so, Mark used it all to benefit those around him.  Mark was kind and helped me on more than one occasion. Keep in mind equal to his  intellect was a fiery wit, hidden behind the driest, deadpan  humor.  My life was better for knowing him.."

This tribute was added by walter baker on 27th April 2012

"Mark was a man of courage and compassion.I am proud to have had him as a freind. Please honor our veterans. They deserve our respect and support.
"All gave some, Some gave all""

This tribute was added by Mark Davis on 26th April 2012

"Great guy. God don't make em like Mark anymore. Mark was a kind man. Recently saw how much he was liked by the old neighborhood kids. Reinforced my opinion of the man. Hopefully god has a couple rc cars/boats/planes he can tinker with :). My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

This tribute was added by Roger Higginbotham on 24th April 2012

"Remembering working with Mark at ITI, trip to Mexico dirt bike riding with Bob Gibson, and fishing with your Dad and your Mom's good dinners.  My thoughts are with the family, Mark was a good man.

This tribute was added by Shelia Rhoades on 24th April 2012

"Mark, thank you so much for your service to our country, for the friendship that developed between you and all the guys you served with in Vietnam.  Flash always enjoyed visiting with you at the reunions and your phone calls without fail every Veterans Day!  All of you guys share such a wonderful bond and you are a special part of that.  We will miss you.  Rest in peace my friend!"

This tribute was added by Harry Hunt on 24th April 2012

"Mark, we miss you at VFW of Ojai, but do trust you are in a better place. Thank you for serving for a time as Commander of the post.
Your service to our Country was very impressive, and clearly left some scars. Again, it was nice being associated with you. You will be missed by all your friends at the VFW.."

This tribute was added by Tim Barker on 23rd April 2012

""Mark" I was so looking forward to our rendezvous in Hawaii this summer. It seems God has choosen you for his Kingdom instead.and we dare not judge his timing You were a great warrior and a great man. You will always have a special place in the hearts of your comrades as we remember your courage/stamina and personality. My condolences to the family, May God Bless You All!!Mad Dog Barker"

This tribute was added by Toney Poulis on 23rd April 2012

"We send our condolences to the McGuire family. Mark was a happy go lucky friend with kind things to say and fun in his heart. I just heard of his passing and was deeply saddened by the news. Please know that the Poulis Family is thinking of you and your family.
The Poulis Family - Neighbors and friends for many years"

This tribute was added by Jim Schleis on 23rd April 2012

"Mac - thanks for the time spent together in the Republic, and for passing the Bowie knife (which you carried during your tour) on to me.  I carried it thru my tour and passed it on, as you did.  Most of all, thanks for coming to the 2005 reunion where we met again after 35 years.  I was privileged to meet your son, Dane, and will remember that day forever."

This tribute was added by Ken Hammock on 23rd April 2012

"Mac and I served together in Viet Nam.  We were brothers in '70 and have remained so through the reunions and occasional phone calls over the past 41 years.  The connection shared among combat veterans is special and unique.  He was a great guy and someone you could count on.  My prayers are with his family.  I regret that I will not be able to attend the memorial service."

This tribute was added by william (lightning) morgan on 23rd April 2012

Was my friend and comrade for over 40 years. We served in Viet Nam together and just as he I was an rto. His voice was the voice that sent diretion and hope to us in the jungle. I have kept in touch and enjoyed our conversations for many years. Gathering with him at Reunions and other Platoon gatherings has been a joy and honor."

This tribute was added by Tom Kaulukukui on 23rd April 2012

"Mark "Mac" McGuire was in my platoon in Vietnam.  He was a good guy, a soldier's soldier.  He was brave, strong, loyal, dependable,
and completely trustworthy.  He carried the radio, so he was our
lifeline to our resupply, medevac, air support and to the world outside of the jungle.  We will all miss him."

This tribute was added by Sherrie Lopez on 22nd April 2012

"Mark You still make the laughter worth it. All the stories you would tell. The block parties, missing them right now! You will never be forgot. Love you much. Love SherrieNelson-Lopez"

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 22nd April 2012

"Mark I still can't believe you won't be with us anymore,I have a hard time coming home from work and you are not sitting on the couch and asking me how was your day Nana.I will always remember that and all the kind things you would say.Love and Miss You Pam"

This tribute was added by Ben and Ann Gannon on 21st April 2012

"Mark, What a special one of a kind person you were to us! Not only were you a relative to our daughter Kim, we considered you and your family our relatives too. We spent many happy fun family occasions together over the years. We will truely miss you Mark!
Rest in peace our friend!
Ben and Ann Gannon"

This tribute was added by Connie Hodges on 21st April 2012

"Mark - Although we had lost touch over the years it saddens me to  hear the news of your passing. I remember your smile and I  remember the dry sense of humor that I liked so much. Everytime I walked into the shop at ITI there you were to greet me and that was nice. Until we meet again......."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Aguilar on 21st April 2012


For everything you have done in your life came with pain, and happiness. These marks have left many people glad to know you as a kind man to all.  May you rest in peace all that you have shouldered.  It was an honor knowing you sir.  Your Friend."

This tribute was added by Edward McIntyre on 21st April 2012

"What though the radiance which was once so bright
          Be now for ever taken from my sight,
              Though nothing can bring back the hour
          Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
              We will grieve not, rather find
              Strength in what remains behind;
              In the primal sympathy
              Which having been must ever be;"

This tribute was added by Suze McClellan on 20th April 2012

"Mark- you were 'one of a kind'! We will always remember you telling stories at "Sunset" with Jeff- Or the look on your face the time you said "what the hell is she reading" when Morgan accidentally used a risqué book to do her homework on- the look on your face!!! You were always sweet to us; you always offered to help get the new dryer attached & the new refrigerator in RIP Love Suze & M"

This tribute was added by Pam Hughes on 20th April 2012

"Mark I will Miss you more than you know. You have been part of my life for a long time ,my granddaughters will miss you too. they will always remember you as uncle Marky.Love You Pam Hughes"

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