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SWIFT, David Warren Passed after a long illness on April 23, 2016. He was born October 29, 1925 in Mosinee, Wisconsin and raised there by his parents Ray and Lois Swift, along with his brothers John and Dan and sister Rachael. On October 26, 1943 at the age of 18 David enlisted in the Navy and served until July 25, 1946. He was stationed in Guam during the Japanese occupation as a radioman. He worked with the Navajo Code Talkers, a code never broken, which was declassified in 1968. For this service he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, and the Pacific Theater Ribbon. He married Clara Angela Geier on April 24, 1946, with whom he raised 6 children. He worked several jobs in Mosinee and Wausau Wisconsin including the Old Fashioned Potato Chip Company (owned by his father-in-law), Bear Store Small Appliance Shop, Coca Cola Company, and North Central Airlines in Wausau where he befriended employees of the CAA (later to become the FAA) He was encouraged to test and was hired by the CAA as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. It was this job that brought him to Whittier, Calif. in May, 1957. In 1960 David transferred to the Antelope Valley to the FAA Palmdale Center where he continued until 1979. After his Federal retirement he worked as a repairman at Pat OBriens Appliance until 1993, but continued doing repair work for years because, well, people who knew him/of him just would not let him retire. He was a member of the US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association, the American Eagles, the American Legion, the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, Voiture Nationale, Republican National Committee, and a charter member of the Latin American Club of Antelope Valley. David is survived by his children Constance (Gordon) Brzezinski, Sandra (Robert) Moore, David Swift, Michael (Ellen) Swift, James (Cynthia) Swift, Debra (George) Tubo, 14 grandchildren (Sheri, Scott, Jamie, Tammi, Pamela, Donavan, Coreen, Spring, Brandon, Tawny, Trista, Delia, Shana, and Matthew) as well as 18 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his partner of 44 years, Vera Gardner, her children Joel, Brian, daughter-in-law Darcy, 5 grandchildren, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 from 3-3:30p.m. at Halley Olsen Mortuary at 44831 North Cedar, followed at 4p.m. by a service.

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