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1929 ~ 2013
Dave passed away peacefully after a long, courageous 10 year battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
He was born in Chicago, IL., to Swan and Gonilla Swenson. Following his graduation from
in Wisconsin, with a degree in geology, he joined the U. S. Navy serving during the
. After his discharge he headed west to Colorado where he started his career in the Oil and Gas Exploration leasing business.
Dave was a kind and loving husband to his wife, Barbara (Mickey) Swenson for 55 years. He leaves behind his daughter Tracy, son Tony, and daughter-in-law Joleen, and seven grandchildren. They include, Anthony Swenson, Kenzie Swenson, Jake Swenson, Zach Workman, Rachel Everett Thompson, (Colby), Sarah Everett, and Rabekah Everett.
Dave loved everything in life, especially boating, fishing, golfing, and traveling, but most of all, just being with his family and friends. He is described by all who knew him, as a real gentleman, and a man who was compassionate and saw only the goodness in people. He will be missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to all of the staff members of both the Ogden and Salt Lake City Veterans Homes. Those people are truly amazing. Also, we wish to thank all of the staff members at the Caregiver Support Network, Home Health & Hospice, for the wonderful, compassionate care they gave Dave for over a year and a half. We are forever grateful.
Dave participated in four clinical trials, always with the hope that a cure or treatment protocol for Alzheimer's would be found. The "hope" those trials provided kept him motivated to continue the fight for his life. In return, he has donated his body to the Neurological Research Department at the University of Utah to further aid in their research.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer's Research Fund, 540 Arapeen Drive, Suite 129, Salt Lake City, UT. 84108.
Please join us for a Celebration of Dave's life on Friday, January 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Market Street Grill, Cottonwood, on "The Top Deck", 2985 East Cottonwood Parkway, Cottonwood Heights, UT.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013
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"He was a good man. I always enjoyed being around him in the business world."
- Don Swenson
"We love you Gampy! XOXO"
- Kenzie Swenson
"Mickey I'm so sorry. he was my hero at my first real job at schwabacher & company. a very bright, decent..."
- john prince
"Dear Mickey, I'm so sorry to hear about David's passing, but he has completed a difficult journey and..."
- Dini Droguett
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