DatesFebruary 23, 1919 - February 4, 2015
Donald Haner Swanson died peacefully in his sleep on February 4, 2015 in Saint Paul, MN where he had recently moved to be closer to his family. Don passed 3 weeks shy of his 96th birthday.
Don was born on February 23, 1919 in Mitchell SD to Gus and Ollie (Hamer) Swanson. After graduating from Mitchell High School where he excelled in athletics, he attended and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. Upon graduation, Don took a job teaching and coaching basketball in Bryant, SD.
When World War II broke out, Don hitch-hiked to Minneapolis to enlist in the Marines only to return home to Mitchell to find out that he had been drafted into the U.S. Army. Don joined the Army and saw action in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. While serving he achieved the rank of Captain, and was awarded a Purple Heart
After the war, Don went to work for his father’s business, Swanson Plumbing and Heating. On January 3rd, 1948 he married the love of his life, Izzetta McDonnell at a service in Montrose, SD.
Eventually, Don took over leadership of the business from his father and grew the business to the point where he was one of the larger plumbing and heating contractors in South Dakota.
After selling the business in the late 70’s, Don once again turned his attention to service. He was a member of and lead numerous public boards in Mitchell including the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Mitchell Home Savings and Loan, the South Dakota State Labor and Management Board and of course, his beloved DWU Board of Trustees.
Another of Don’s passions, which he acquired late in life, was golf. A bookshelf in his apartment still holds the seven trophies from his seven holes in one. He enjoyed playing the game in South Dakota during the summer and at his home in Mesa, Arizona during the winter.
Don is survived by his two daughters: Jane Swanson (John Flicker), New York, NY, Donna Swanson (Steve Veverka), Saint Paul, MN, grandchildren: Madison Veverka, Saint Paul, MN and Daniel Flicker (Chrissy), Atlanta, Ga, great-grandchildren: Sam Flicker and Wes Flicker, Atlanta, GA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 59 years, Izzetta Swanson.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota
Monday, February 9, 2015
United Methodist Church
Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, South Dakota
entry posted by Todd Scheurenbrand on 02-10-2015
As my brother posted earlier on this page, I also remember Don and have thought of him many times over in the years that have past since I last saw him. I will never forget his smile, his kindness, and the easy way that he had about him. He is one of the great memories that I will always enjoy whenever I am reminded of him. Don was proof that God is not the only good that you will find at church. I would like to thank Don's family for helping to make him the good man that he was. Thoughts and prayers to all who knew him and will miss him.
entry posted by Mark & Chris Buche on 02-08-2015
Jane & Donna we wanted you to know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Keep your fond memories close. Your father was gentleman and one of the nicest men we have ever meet. We will never forget the smile he always had on his face.
Mark & Chris Buche
entry posted by Wade Scheurenbrand on 02-08-2015
I was blessed to know Don when I was a child. He went to church with us at First United Methodist in Mitchell. He was such a kind and generous person. I remember being a little guy and getting Christmas cards with 10$ from him. I couldn't understand why he picked me and my siblings. I later found out it was because he wanted to reward us for being so well negated in church. I'm glad he couldn't see us on the ride home. Ha! I am certain he touched everyone with his kind heart. He will be greatly missed. It's funny how a gesture like that stays with you your whole life. God bless Don and all his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
entry posted by Lloyd and Darlene Lueken on 02-08-2015
DONNA, JANE, AND FAMILY, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I ENJOYED MY VISITS WITH DON WHEN WE WOULD GET TO MITCHELL. WE HAD A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR HIM AND ENJOYED HEARING FROM HIM AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
entry posted by Marianne Ewing Texley on 02-07-2015
Donna and Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. May your good memories be a comfort to you during this sad time. Marianne Ewing Texley, Winona, MN
entry posted by Carol Lupient Braly on 02-07-2015
Jane, Donna and family, my condolences for your loss. Don was a wonderful man, highly respected by all who knew him. My parents enjoyed their times with Don and Izetta, and spoke of them often. I remember both of you as infants on W. 7th St. May your memories give you comfort.