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Don Swanson

September 28, 1964 ~ September 14, 2018

Service: September 23, 2018 2:30 PM
   Location: River Rock Community Center

Donald Roy Swanson, Sr., passed away at his home in Belgrade, MT, on the evening of Friday, September 14, 2018, at the age of 53.

Born to Irving and Susan Swanson on September 28, 1964, in Helena, MT, he was the youngest of three children. He graduated from Park High School in Livingston in 1982, then went on to pursue a career in radio. He worked for KYBS from 1984 to 1987 in Livingston, before moving to Fort Collins, CO, to work as an announcer for KCOL. He moved back to Montana in 1991 and returned to KYBS, which was later bought by KBOZ. He became a well-known radio personality in Bozeman and Big Sky during the 1990s on KBOZ and FUN104.5. After some turmoil in the radio industry, Don shifted to work in fine woodworking, then driving truck for various local companies until he began work for the City of Bozeman in 2011.

Don was a very kind and loving man who always appreciated the sanctity of marriage. Don and Sheila were lucky enough to have found each other and stay happily married for 26 years after exchanging their vows on March 14, 1992. Don insisted on showing her how much love he really had for her and never missed a day to kiss her good morning and tell her she was beautiful. To further prove his love for Sheila, it was his idea to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows. They had the opportunity to take the well-earned trip of a lifetime to Hawaii, where they got to say their I-Do’s all over again, as confident and happy as the first time.

Beyond spending lots of time with his beloved family, Don enjoyed his time outside. Being a handy man, he loved working on all kinds of projects, including building a garage, fence, decks, or other home improvement projects.

His life wasn’t all work though; he always left time for play. Whether it was just hanging out listening to music, spending time with friends, or out in the woods camping, fishing, hiking, and shooting his guns. His favorite place to be was out on the Boulder River in Southern MT. Since a young child his family would go out and enjoy the sunshine on the river or sitting up by Trout Lake; a tradition he continued with his own kids.

His family will continue to love him and think about all the wonderful times they got to share throughout their time together.

Don is survived by his wife, Sheila; his siblings, Ronald Swanson (Barbra) and Christie Harper (Bob); his children, Donald Roy Jr., Calvin and Aubrianna; his aunt, Allyn Smith; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Susan Swanson; and his uncle, Raymond Swanson.

A funeral service will be held at the River Rock Community Center on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30 p.m.  Flowers can be delivered to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Donations can be made to the Don Swanson Memorial Fund at Stockman Bank or online at dswanson.net.

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