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SWAN, JOHN T.
SWAN, John T. Was born May 25, 1929, in Columbus, Ohio. Passed away October 4, 2011, in Palmdale, California. 'Jack' as he was affectionately known attended high school at North High in Columbus, graduated from Kent State University in Ohio and received his Masters Degree in Education from Santa Clara University in California. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee Ð the Construction Battalion Ð in the Philippines. After the Navy, Jack and his wife Vivian 'Sue' settled in Southern California where he began his career as a teacher at East L.A. High School. They moved their family to the Antelope Valley in 1963, and he continued teaching Industrial Arts and Math at Palmdale High School until his retirement in 1991. He was accomplished in all aspects of construction, from concrete to finish carpentry. He worked on many homes in the valley when he was not teaching. Jack was also a self-taught songwriter/composer and was recently working with his sons on publishing music he wrote in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. He was an active member of the Quartz Hill Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses. His family will remember him as a wonderful father; his many students, as a great teacher and everyone will miss his terrific sense of humor and unconditional love for others. Jack was widowed from Sue in 2007, and lost his youngest son Kenny in 2010. He is survived by his eldest son Michael and his two children Chris and Erin; his second son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Susie and their two children Matt and Jake; his only daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Wayne Petermann and their two daughters Lindsay and Shannon; Kennys daughter Tiffany Swan and her son Adam Jr. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2011, and Services will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, both at Mumaw Funeral Home in Lancaster, Calif. Interment will immediately follow at Joshua Memorial Park.

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