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David George Swinford of Sequim passed into the hands of the Lord on September 3, 2013.
He was born September 9, 1923, in Mill Creek, Oklahoma, the first child of David Greenwood Swinford and Faye Dickson Lyon. He graduated from Rush Springs' Oklahoma High School in 1940 and entered Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University), where he studied law. He left A&M in 1942 and entered naval flight training.
He completed naval flight training and entered military service with the Marine Corps in September 1943. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater, where he flew bombing and support missions during World War II.
He continued active-duty service in the Marine Corps, which included two tours of duty in Korea, notably flying close air support missions during the Chosin Reservoir campaign and two tours in Vietnam.
He retired from the Marine Corps in 1974 after nearly 32 years of service and moved to Sequim. During his military service, he flew 25 different types of aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, nine air medals, the Purple Heart and numerous other awards and decorations.
He obtained an MBA from George Washington University and retired with the rank of colonel.
In Sequim, he tried his hand at farming, then began work as a real estate agent at Red Ranch Realty. He later acquired Red Ranch Realty and established Corral Realty, where he was the broker until his semi-retirement in 2003.
He was a longtime board member of the Sequim Realtors Association and was a longtime representative on the board of directors of the Washington State Realtors Association. He was chosen Realtor of the Year in 1997.
He was a plank (founding) member of the Association of Naval Aviators, a life member of the Sequim Prairie Grange, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Shriners, the Military Officers Association of American and many others.
He had one sister, Frances Carol (Swinford) Post, who preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Arlene (Ness), of Sequim; sons David Swinford Jr. of Silver Spring, Maryland, William Swinford of Denver, Colorado, and Thomas Swinford of Port Angeles; adopted sons Robin, Rex and Ricky; niece Vicky Marshall of Texas; and nephew Joe Post of Colorado.
Memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House (www.fisherhouse.org), Shriners Hospitals for Children (www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org) or a
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 20, 2013