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Joan Swain Tyler passed away in El Centro on December 31, 2020. An Imperial Valley resident since 1966, Joan was born in Los Angeles to Robert and Doris Mundhenk. At an early age her family moved to Escondido where Joan spent her childhood years and graduated from high school. Upon graduating from Woodbury College in Los Angeles in 1960 Joan began her 45 year career in accounting. In 1966 she married her first husband, Curt Swain, and moved to El Centro. Shortly thereafter, Joan was hired by the Foss, Macklin, and King accounting firm and she became the first woman CPA in Imperial county. Joan remained the only female CPA in the county for the next ten years. In 1977 Joan opened her own CPA practice which later became Swain and Kennerson from which she retired in 2005. Joans Christianity guided her and influenced most of her decisions in life. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in El Centro since 1966. Community service was also important to Joan. Her involvement included PEO, the United Way, the Soroptimist club, Junior Womens 10,000 club, the McCabe School site council, the Professional Womens Network of the Lutheran Womens Missionary League, Central Valley Medical Foundation, and she was a supporter of the Spartan Athletic Club. In 2014 Joan was honored for her philanthropic contributions to Imperial Valley as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Imperial County Community Foundation. In 1995 Joan married Jack Tyler and together they enjoyed twenty five years of marriage. During her retirement Joan enjoyed time with her family, her book club, her womens groups, and travel with Jack. They traveled to many places together including China, several countries in Europe, Russia, and an African photo safari. Joan is survived by her husband Jack Tyler; her son Chris Swain (Kim) and their children Tate, Avery, and Whitley; stepson Allen Tyler; his sons JT and Nathan; stepson David Tyler (Joan) and their sons Benjamin and Samuel. A private service and burial will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 with a celebration of life to follow at a later date. The private service will be available for viewing on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to WomenHaven or a charity of your choice supporting women.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 30, 2021
Was so sad to learn of Joan’s passing. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Jack, Allen and David and their families in the loss of a beautiful person. Both inside and outside. With love, Carolyn & Giovanni
Carolyn Bertussi
January 25, 2021
Sincere condolences to her family, she was a beautiful and kind woman. A true role model for women. May she Rest In Peace.
Dolores Provencio, Soroptimist friend
January 18, 2021
I meet Joan in Martha Maddox's cooking classes at Imperial Hardware. Gosh we had fun & she would always talk about good food & traveling with her husband. She enjoyed life & spread joy to others. My condolences to David & Allan Tyler & the family.
Lynn Mavila
January 16, 2021
I’d like to send my condolences to Joan’s family. My parents, Bill & Martha Criman, were friends of Mr. Tyler, and I grew up with David and Allen. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Paula Criman
January 16, 2021
Thoughts and prayers for Joan’s family. She was a wonderful sister Soroptimist member and a wonderful asset to the community.
Kit Sharp Marks
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