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Murrel Swan


11/15/1920 - 09/09/2015 Obituary
Murrel Swan Obituary
Murrel Swan, born November 15, 1920, passed away peacefully in his sleep September 9, 2015; he was 94 years old. Preceded in death were his wife, Martha and his two daughters Beverly and Denise. He is survived by his son, Rick Swan. Grandchildren born to Rick and Vicki are Staci, Stefani, Steven and Shane. Grandchildren born to daughter Beverly are Shawn and Darrin. Grandchildren born to daughter Denise are Rachelle and Audrey.
The oldest of 6 children born to Lue Vena Swan, his siblings are sisters Tempa, Inez, and Barbara; brothers Wayne (deceased) and Ray.
Murrel was born in Arkansas, the son of a farmer. When the depression hit the U.S. and became a world-wide crisis Murrel's father lost the farm and had to move to find work. It took the family 2 years to finally make enough money to get to California. Murrel's family settled in Shafter. Shortly after, Murrel's father left the family and Murrel had to drop out of High School, after attending only 2 weeks, to go to work. He and his mom worked many jobs to support the family of 6 children.
Newly married to Martha, WWII found Murrel a private in the Army. He was later promoted to Sergeant and led his anti-aircraft unit ashore on D-day. After many near-death experiences from D-day onward, until the end of the war, Murrel went home to Shafter.
He began working for D.O. Moore and later for Nate and Maxine Williams as a farm hand and truck driver. Later he became the foreman of their family farm. Murrel used this experience to begin farming for himself.
He became friends with many people in the community and foremost was a fellow farmer, Aaron Smith. They would regale the men who frequented the Red Wagon with their tales and lies. Murrel and Aaron had a passion for fishing and spent many of their days off from farming engaged in this pastime. He loved to camp, fish, and playing poker for nickels and dimes with his extended family. He also loved the times he gave huge fish frys, which gave him an excuse to go fishing and see his friends and family.
Those were the things he loved...family and friends all together in one spot and time...and telling tall tales to all. He will be missed.
Graveside services for family will be held September 19th, 10am, at the Shafter Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held September 19th, 12:00pm, at the Bakersfield VFW, 5350 S Union Ave.; friends and family are welcome to attend.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 17, 2015
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