Robert LaVell Swenson|
Midvale, UT-Butch was born on February 2, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Thomas LaVell and Vera Strand Swenson. He attended Murray High School and joined the Army before his senior year of high school. He was employed by Salt Lake County Fire Department (now Unified Fire) for over 31 years and retired as an Assistant Fire Chief. After retirement he worked as the Emergency Services Manager for Summitt County for 10 years.
His dad gave him the name Butch when he was a small child and the name stuck with him throughout his life, with friends and family always referring to him by that name.
Butch married Sharon Frame Terry on June 8, 1970, (divorced), they had two children, Holly Swenson Kener and Robert T. Swenson. Sharon also had two children from a previous marriage which Butch always considered as his own, Shayne Terry and Stacey Terry Thomas. He married Barbara Garrett Kersey on March 13, 1999. Barbara had two children, Russell Chang Kersey and Michelle Myung Kersey.
Butch is survived by his wife, Barbara; children Shayne(Shelby), Stacey(Steve), Holly, Rob, Russell and Michelle; 15 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Jean Rekoutis, Carolyn (Don) Chase. Butch was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and brother in law George Rekoutis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street at 2:00 p.m. A viewing will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 at Jenkins-Soffe from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1-1:45 .m. Interment will follow services at Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
Published in Deseret News from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2013