Former Kadena commander dies at age 90
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Air Force Col. Frank E. Marek, commander of Kadena Air Base from 1966 to 1969, died Dec. 3 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 90 years old.
Kadena’s Marek Park and the nearby Marek Park Housing Area were named for the colonel, who joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in the Air Force until his retirement. After that he worked as a civilian for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for 16 years, according to son John Marek.
During World War II, Marek served as an officer in the 69th Bomb Squadron at Guadalcanal and Hebrides Islands. Besides Kadena, Marek also served as commander of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, Bergstrom and Carswell Air Force bases in Texas, Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., and Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, South Vietnam.
Marek was a native of Plains, Pa. In 2000, the Plains American Legion Headquarters dedicated the Colonel Marek Dining Hall, displaying pictures portraying his 30 years of military life, according to his son.
Besides John, Marek had another son, Frank Jr., and a daughter, Ann, all of the Fort Worth area.