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Marcus Desha Swayze

Marcus Desha Swayze, 99, of Monroe, died October 14, 2012 at his home. He was born July 17, 1913 to the late Captain Louis Herbert Swayze and Mildred Turner Swayze. Mr. Swayze graduated from Neville High School and then attended Northeast Center of LSU, and obtained a degree from Louisiana Tech University and a Masters in Fine Arts from Northeast Louisiana University, where he later taught art. He was a gifted professional artist and was the last of the Golden Age comics' artists, having drawn and written the Captain Marvel series from 1941 until his entry into the US Army during World War II.

His gift for music was recognized by his Army commander, who introduced him to Bing Crosby. He then played guitar for Bing Crosby's concerts for the troops. Following his discharge from the army, he returned to Fawcett publications in New York where he resumed work on the Captain Marvel comics. He later returned to his hometown of Monroe and continued his work on several comic strips until he was hired by Olin Matheson to start the art department for their packaging division.

Mr. Swayze married June Bloomer and they raised five children in Monroe. He was elected to the Ouachita Parish School Board, and was Vice Commander of the American Legion; he coached little league baseball and mentored many young people in the fields of art and music.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, June Bloomer Swayze; daughters, Judy Blackman, Desha Swayze and Courtney Eckmann; son, Chris Swayze, M.D.; sons-in-law, John C. Blackman, and Douglas Eckmann; daughter-in-law, Sandra Swayze, M.D.; grandsons, John Tolar III and Matt Murrow; granddaughters, Judith Desha Tolar Thomas and Courtney Rebecca Smith; and great niece, Jan Swayze Curry.

Services will be held at First United Methodist Church of Monroe with Dr. Larry Stafford officiating, on Wednesday October 17, at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be immediately prior to the service at 1:00 pm.

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Mulhearn Funeral Home

Sterlington Road

Monroe, LA

Published in The News Star on Oct. 17, 2012
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