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Curtis Gregory Swanson

Visalia - 1950 - 2018

(Visalia) Curtis Gregory Swanson passed away peacefully July 27, 2018 in Modesto, Calif. surrounded by family and friends. In addition to his beloved family and countless friends, he leaves behind a legacy of humor, compassion and hard work

Curt worked as an upholsterer for over 40 years, owning his own shops in Southern California, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Visalia. He had also worked for nearly the last two decades as a sales representative for Charlotte Fabrics with sales territory that at one time took him from Santa Barbara to Oregon. He spoke often of the cherished friendships he developed with his many upholstery and fabric customers.

Curt was born Oct. 23, 1950 in Minneapolis, the second of three children born to Dwight and Shirley Swanson. His family moved to Sylmar when he was 5 years old and he remained in the San Fernando Valley until 1978, when he moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. In 1983 he moved to Visalia and opened Swanson's Custom Upholstery. As his business and family grew, he often enlisted the help of his family: sons Jevon and Brendon were put to work in their teens and 20s removing old fabric and helping make deliveries and sister Sheree was often contracted to do sewing work. Curt operated Swanson's Custom Upholstery until he retired from the business in late 2017.

In addition to being a natural salesman and skilled upholsterer, Curt was also a gifted musician. He played drums in several bands in Southern California throughout his teens and early 20s. In the early 1970s, Curt and his brother Don were members of the band Fraction whose only album, Moon Blood, became a highly sought after prize among vinyl LP collectors -- a fact Curt was unaware of until a group of collectors from Germany contacted him in the early 1990s to locate a copy of the rare, legendary album.

Even while being treated for cancer and its side effects, Curt kept a positive attitude and sense of humor and made friends everywhere he went. His nurses and other medical staff commented frequently on his friendly personality and quick wit and often made a point to check in on him or wish him farewell even after being assigned to other patients.

A celebration of Curt's life will be held August 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Visalia United Methodist Church 5200 W. Caldwell Ave. Visalia.

Remembrances in Curt's name can be made to the Visalia United Methodist Church or the College of the Sequoia's Foundation.

Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter, CA.
Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on Aug. 11, 2018
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