Family members gathered Saturday at the home of Patricia Gregg, Marcus' grandmother, to make arrangements for the funeral, which is expected to draw about 2,000 people.
The quiet house on Cynthia Drive, facing LeBard Park in southeast Huntington Beach, was bustling inside. It's a home, much-lived in and laughed in. The two Marines who came to tell the news of Marcus' death were there, and they were treated warmly. "He was a very funny, very caring, tender-hearted person who loved his family and close friends," said his mother, Maryan Glimpse.
"He was just my best friend," his father said, holding back tears. Marcus chatted with his father every three weeks, although "he didn't really want to talk about himself. He just wanted to hear about normal things from back home," Guy Glimpse said.
He had a profile on Myspace.com, and he loved electronic gadgets, especially video games and iPods. He asked his father to send him the latest video game a week before he died in Iraq.
Although he was "nervous but not scared" of the assignment in Iraq, he made his peace with it, his father said.
Glimpse had previously served in Sri Lanka with tsunami-relief efforts in 2005. A machine-gunner, he left for Iraq in January.
Among his other loves were the classic film, "The Godfather," and fireworks. His fascination with the Italian underworld amused the family. He had a closet full of red, black and white T-shirts made by Mob Inc., maker of edgy gothic designs.
"Fireworks on the Fourth of July ? that was his baby," Guy Glimpse said with a laugh. All the family needed to do was stand by and watch as he set up the pyrotechnics.
After his death, his aunt, Karen Hafeli, dreamed of him being welcomed into heaven by angels carrying huge sparklers, with firecrackers going off.
"That night [Wednesday, when they learned of his death], we all didn't sleep well," she said.