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JAMES LOWELL SWIFT, JR. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home James Lowell Swift, Jr. was called to make the journey to eternal life on Sunday evening, May 7, 2017. He is now soaring around Heaven where shadows, pain and darkness can no longer touch him. Jim was born to James Lowell and Madeline Davis Swift on May 17, 1946 in Redmond, OR. He had one sibling, a little sister, Judy, who shared the life of Air Force "brats", living many places across the U.S. and in Germany. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1968 and from Colorado University in 1970 with his J.D. in Law. He passed the Bar in Colorado in 1971 and in Washington in 2001. He was, for a time, the legal counsel for Adult Protective Services in Benton-Franklin Counties. In 2009 Jim was honored with the Local Hero Award by the Washington State Bar Association. Because of his Air Force life, Jim's love for airplanes was unbounded. It was manifested by his trying to "fly" off rooftops in military housing in Germany as a child, building professional model airplanes, and just standing in awe at aircraft museums, reciting from memory the specs and history of every aircraft. He served in the Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. During active duty, he acted as trial counsel at Carswell AFB, TX. Upon leaving active duty, he continued service in the Reserves as a JAG at Lowry AFB and served as a Staff Judge Advocate for the 302nd Tactical Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs, CO. He later worked as staff attorney at DOD Finance Centers in Colorado and Ohio. For fun, he loved hunting and fishing with his Grandpa Sibley and his Dad in the Grand Ronde River Valley and Eagle Cap Wilderness area. Jim loved to read history, especially books on WWII and religion. He loved Sci Fi, alternative history by Harry Turtledove and thrillers by John Sanford. He loved Tom Selleck and the Lonesome Dove Series. His favorite place was Mesa Verde in Colorado. It seemed his heart yearned for the Southwest. No matter which direction we were heading, Spudnuts was always on the way. He had a mutual love affair with a tiger cat named Beamer, who we found in our sprinkler box and raised from a kitten. In 2008, Jim's love of life blossomed when he found an artistic outlet with the Mid-Columbia Woodturners. His excitement when he turned his first bowl was palpable. He loved turning and shaping wood, attending symposiums, always seeking ways to improve his skills. The camaraderie he formed in the club was uplifting for him. In 2014 Jim organized an art show at WSU Art Gallery called "Wood Creations," hoping to "blur the traditional concept" of art in wood. This was one of his proudest moments. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, whom he married in 2003. He is also survived by his son, Brian (Jennifer); step-daughter Sumer (Nathan) Murton; sister Judy (Doug) Loree; granddaughters Cogan and Rachel Murton; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. A Celebration of Life will be held at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home on S. Union St, on May 17, Jim's birthday, at 1:00 p.m. It will be short and sweet and casual. Inurnment will be held at a later time by our family. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice House, or treat a friend to some Spudnuts or support local artists. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 14, 2017