Thad Harold Harden, father of actress Marcia Gay Harden, died Feb. 19 in Dallas after a lengthy illness. He was 69.

Texas native was a 30-year career officer in the United States Navy. After retiring, he was communications adviser for ARINC Research Corp. and Stanford Telecommunications.

In addition to his Oscar-winning daughter, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beverly Bushfield Harden, four other children and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:45 p.m. today at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his name be made to the Texas NROTC Scholarship Fund, c/o U. of Texas Exes, P.O. Box 7278, Austin, TX 78713 or to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, P.O. Box 64978, Baltimore, MD 21264.