Jerry Crandall Swain, age 82, a 1-year resident of Mohave Valley, Ariz., died at home in Mohave Valley, Ariz., on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
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Jerry was born in Needles, Calif. on May 15, 1930, to Alex and Grace Swain, attended local schools and graduated from High School in 1948. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Alaska and Hawaii. He returned to Needles upon his discharge and hired out to the Santa Fe Railroad.
He married Mable Claire McConnell in 1954. They relocated to the Los Angeles area where he went to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. He was a Motor Officer and conducted the Motor School Training program for new candidates. Jerry received many commendations and awards during his tenure and was featured in several human interest stories in the Los Angeles newspapers.
After he retired, Jerry and Claire moved to Oregon, and then to Reno, Nevada, where he worked for the Washoe County School District Security Force. After he retired from that position he and Claire lived a contented life, enjoying the company of their children and grandchildren.
Jerry continued to love riding his motorcycle and made many trips back to Needles and the Los Angeles area and one very long trip to Alaska with his son, Scott.
After Claire's death in 2005, he remarried and moved back to the southwest making his home in Mohave Valley, Ariz.
Jerry was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Swain.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Aillene; two sons, Jerry Joe (Kathy) Swain and Scott (Gen) Swain, one daughter, Kimberly (Mike) Lyford; two brothers, Gordon (Susan) and Bill Swain; one sister, Cheryl (Bill) Dunn; five grandsons, James, Jeramey, and Josh Swain, Zach and Cody Lyford; three granddaughters, Kristen and Courtney Swain, and Kelcee Lyford; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial tribute to Jerry will be held for family and friends at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Casa Serrano, 5250 Highway 95, Mohave Valley, Ariz.
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Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, 2012