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Frank Macfarland Swain

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Frank Macfarland Swain, born January 7, 1929 at St Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara to Noel and Edna Swain, passed away peacefully February 18, 2014. He now joins his daughter Catherine (11-13-13) to be with their Lord.

Frank attended Santa Barbara public schools and graduated from Santa Barbara High School, class of 1947. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force, serving his country for four years and was a Korean war veteran. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

Upon returning to Santa Barbara, he married his beloved wife and friend, Betty Jane Fong, a union that was loving and shared for 61 years. They raised three sons and one daughter in Santa Barbara.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walter and daughter Catherine. He is survived by his wife Betty, sons Norman (Kelly), David (Marietta), granddaughters Christina, Abbey and Leah Swain and son Michael (Virginia). Also surviving is brother Howard Swain (Jan), sister in law Marilyn Fong Merlo and brothers in law Glenn Fong and Richard Fong and several extended family members.

After returning to Santa Barbara, Frank's first job was driving the first Santa Barbara Library Book Mobile. From there he went to work for Pittsburgh Paint and Glass for 20 years, rising to manager and bookkeeper. His final position was comptroller for 21 years for Specialty Tool and Bolt, owned by Patt Wardlaw and family.

Frank was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed keeping statistics for Santa Barbara High School and San Marcos High School. Baseball was his favorite sport but he liked all sports. He also cared about sports in Santa Barbara. Being civic minded, he joined many organizations, working behind the scenes. Frank became a charter member of the Santa Barbara Round Table after being invited to be on a committee by his friend Caesar Uyesaka in 1968 and was a member since then. He also was a charter member of the Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association. He served 4 years as president and 23 years as treasurer. He was a member of the Santa Barbara Semana Nautica, serving a term as president and many years as treasurer until his death.

Frank and his beloved daughter Catherine will be dearly missed by their loving family and the many friends they made along their journey on this earth.

In lieu of flowers, the Swain family asks that donations can be made in the memory of Frank to the Frank M. Swain Scholarship, c/o SBHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 6121, Santa Barbara, CA 93160 or to the SB Semana Nautica Association, P.O. Box 5001, Santa Barbara, CA 93150.

Services will be held April 4th, 2014 at the Santa Barbara Cemetary Chapel with a burial following.


Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2014
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