The Challenges of pneumonia and Alzheimer's Disease have passed and Don has found peace in the arms of The Lord and with his beloved daughter, Margaret. Don has left behind his wife of 68 years, Alma, with whom he shared a life that was filled with love and adventure. He also leaves a son, Donald G., Jr., an Architect in Los Angeles. A daughter, Margaret, who preceded Don in death, was a Teacher of At Risk High School Students. Don was very proud of his children. A devoted brother, Richard H. (Marilyn) of Louisville, Kentucky, along with a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends will miss this special man.
Don was born in Elyria, Ohio to Clarinda Hunter Swiers and George H. Swiers. He graduated from Elyria High School in 1942 and Case Western University in 1945 where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Don received his BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering before his 20th Birthday. This followed by his attending Officer Training School at Columbia University. Don served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 serving in the Pacific Arena and later, a Decommissioning Officer in Green Cover Springs, Florida. After leaving the Navy, Don's professional career began in Albany, NY for an architectural firm, followed by that of a Production Engineer for General Motors in Elyria, Ohio. In 1947, Don began his life long career with the Petroleum Industry as a Field Engineer and later Managerial positions in Long Beach, Coalinga, King City, Bakersfield, Ventura, Ca., Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma. The last assignment with Schlumberger Oil Service Co. was in Texas as a site Production Manager. Next, Occidental Petroleum Corporation asked Don to join the staff of pre-selected proven talent within the Petroleum Industry. Bakersfield, Ca., became the home office for exploration and drilling operations. As the company grew and developed into a major petroleum company, the adventures accelerated by taking Don to various parts of the United States, Libya, the North Sea, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru. His last assignment was the construction and ultimate management of a Geothermal Plant in Lake County, California. Don retired from the Petroleum Industry to Quail Mountain where he and Alma built a home, a small Inn, and planted a Cabernet Vineyard. Thus a whole new way of life began as he became an active Grape Grower, Amateur Wine Maker and the Breakfast Chef of the Inn where many new friendships began.
In 2000, Don & Alma moved to Carmel Valley Manor in Carmel Valley to truly retire after so many productive years. Thus, new adventures began as Don began serving on several resident committees; Treasurer for the Resident's Council and member of our Church Foundation. Don moved to the Health Center in 2014. His family appreciated the loving, professional care provided by Dr. Paul Tocchet and by the entire staff of the Health Center. The family extends our heartfelt appreciation to all of them.
A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 28005 Robinson Canyon Drive, Carmel, Ca. 93923 on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Interim of ashes will be at a later date. All are welcome to come to celebrate a life well lived. Donations may be made to the Margaret Swiers-Gill Scholarship Fund established at Napa Valley College Foundation, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, Ca. 94558, St. Dunstan's Church Foundation or the Pipe Organ Fund at St. Dunstan's Church.
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