Derrik Swanson

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Derrik Riley Swanson, 31 passed away on Aug. 29th 2013 as a result of a plane accident with his brother-in-law and best friend, Adam Norton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 at the Wasilla LDS Stake Center on Bogard Road at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately after, at the Raven Hall located on the Palmer State Fair grounds.

Derrik was born in Palmer, Alaska on September 11, 1981 to Gary Swanson and Connie Shelburn. He grew up in Wasilla with his older brother Dustin. Derrik graduated from Palmer High School in 1999. He excelled at hockey from childhood and went on to play in Junior hockey leagues throughout Alaska and the states. His hockey teams were like family and his teammates were lifelong, cherished friends.

Derrik was a skilled, second generation iron worker by trade. Some of his favorite stories and best friends came out of the iron pile. He took great pride in his work and he loved his fellow iron workers.

Derrik loved Alaska and being outdoors. Hunting, camping, and fishing were a treasured pastime. In recent years, he developed a love for flying and aspired to get his Private Pilot's license. Derrik was a loving husband, father, son, and brother. He loved his son Riley beyond words and strived every day to be the best father he could be. Derrik was lighthearted and easy going, with a talent for storytelling and entertaining whomever he was with. His humor and smile brought joy to everyone and it will be greatly missed.

Derrik is survived by the love of his life, Lesli, their son, Riley; his grandmother, Loraine Swanson; parents, Gary Swanson and Connie Shelburn; step-mother, Nancy Molloy; his brother, Dustin, Stephanie Tomlinson, and nephews, Chase and Ryder Swanson. Derrik was loved and adored by his aunts, uncles, and cousins, the large family he inherited by marriage, and the many friends who loved him.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been established at Wells Fargo Bank.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2013