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Matthew F. Swaim, aka Madd Matt, was born Nov. 8, 1959, in Chicago. Matt was a resident of Chicago until the age of 16, at which time he moved to Tucson, Ariz. He lived there from 1975-1982, then moved to La Luz. He lived in the area from 1982 until his passing in May 2009.
Matt always loved Tucson the most. His surviving family members include his mother, Juanita Swaim; sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Cecil Lucas; his children; son and daughter-in-law Jacob and Crystal Swaim, daughter and son-in-law Hollie and Peter Zemaitaitis, second son and "spouse" Aaron and Elisa Swaim and second daughter Hannah Swaim; nieces Bethany and Rachel Lucas; grandchildren Megan Zemaitaitis, Evangeline Swaim and Trinity Swaim; and significant other Elizabeth McDonald.
Matthew was loved and will be missed. A memorial will be conducted at May 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. at The Salvation Army Chapel, 1001 N. Richey Blvd., in Tucson.
A message from son: Madd Matt, for most this is the name uttered with expletives. For me it is "father." My father had a good heart, even if he did not like you, he would help you out if he could. A lot of people will be sad at his passing. I am a little angry because he is having a wild ride without me. Some people will question a lot of his decisions and lifestyle, but I think they are jealous because he lived more in one life than anyone could possibly know.
Some people say we are free because we live in America, free to choose. My father was truly free because he lived life on his terms. No government or law could dictate his life. One percent are truly free, for that one percent is all we know. One of my greatest memories of my father was when I went on my first motorcycle ride. I was 3 and sitting on the tank of his 1968 Norton. I had big police glasses with mirror lenses and all. I was holding onto the handlebar, listening to the straight pipes and grinning from ear to ear, looking at the speedometer and watching the orange line move really fast. I was hooked from Day 1. The white line fever, the feeling of being free. Legends don't burn out or fade away.
See ya soon Dad. Love, your son, Jacob "Speed demon" Swaim.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 18 to June 8, 2009
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