Clarence Magnus Swanson |

Clarence Magnus Swanson

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Clarence Magnus Swanson, 94, of Battlement Mesa, died Oct. 30, 2008.

He was born Feb. 2, 1914, in a log cabin outside Hibbing, Minn., to Manule Swanson and Amy Johanna (Stromgren) (Swanson) Blue. Clarence attended Calumet High School in Chicago and Fox Commercial College of Accounting for two years.

He entered the U.S. Army Oct. 26, 1946, and retired Oct. 31, 1968, at the rank of E-7.

His greatest pride and joy were his four sons, who he guided and encouraged to get professional college degrees from the University of Texas.

Clarence was a Catholic.

He enjoyed growing his garden and his fruit trees and was a lover of nature and the natural at heart. He played many musical instruments by ear, including the piano, guitar, harmonica and banjo. His favorite music was bluegrass.

Survivors include sons John (Jo Ann) Swanson of Victoria, Texas, Robert (Jane) Swanson of The Woodlands, Texas, David (Margaret) Swanson of Aurora, and Clarence (Susan) Swanson Jr. of West Chester, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Mary (Hersey) Swanson; infant grandson Noel David Swanson; and sister Blanche Elizabeth (Swanson) Michaud.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place, and his remains will be buried with his wife at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at a later date in a private ceremony with military honors (Section 28, Grave #452).

Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home in San Antonio is being entrusted with the arrangements.

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