Mr. Swart was born in Tom Green County, Texas to Lela Mae Vann Swart and William Clark Swart, and grew up in Christoval, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.
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He entered the U.S. Navy as an officer and served in the Seabees during the Korean War, stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines. He married Virginia Ann Swart in 1957 while attending UC Berkeley for his master's degree. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Quincy, Calif., and then moved to Bozeman where he taught in the Montana State college engineering department for five years. During that period, he was the founding president of the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors (MARLS). In 1963, he started a land surveying business that continued until 2010 in Montana and Texas.
He and Ann have three daughters, Deborah (John Kuehne), currently at the MacDonald Observatory, and Margaret (Tony Zweig) and Victoria, both of San Francisco. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister-in-law, Camille Swart. He is survived by his wife and daughters; his grandchildren, David, Alexandra, and Johanna Kuehne; his brother, Bill Swart of Houston, and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held in San Marcos, Texas on Feb. 18, 2012. Any memorial contributions may be made to the
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 18, 2012