Cyril B. Swanson
July 13, 1928 - April 14, 2012
Cyril B. Swanson, 83, passed away April 14, 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born in Selma, Calif. on July 13, 1928 and spent most of his early years in Santa Rosa Calif. He graduated from Armstrong College in Berkeley, Calif. with a degree in business administration.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he spent summers in Alaska working in the fishing industry. He then went to Sacramento, Calif. where he began his career in real estate appraisal, working for the assessor’s office, after which time he was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
He continued with the BIA after he moved to Arizona in 1968, and retired as area chief appraiser in 1984. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Payson, Ariz. in 1990 where they spent the next 20 years before moving back to Scottsdale in 2010.
Mr. Swanson was active in Historical Trail Rides, the Parada del Sol and Rotary, both in Scottsdale and Payson. He was involved in the early years of the Fiesta Bowl Parade and the Irish Parade. He was a life member of the Elks. He enjoyed gardening, painting, sketching, and socializing with close friends. He had fond memories of enjoying their cabin in the mountains.
Mr. Swanson loved his family, and never missed a good meal!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ada J. and F. George Swanson; and first wife, Celeste. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Vanja Schiller and Wendy Fuchs; stepchildren, Eric Webster (Stephanie) and Tara Webster (Nate Schafer); and three grandchildren Elijah, Camille and Ethan.
No services are planned at this time.
“If he could, Cyril would want to say one final time — ‘adios, my friends!’” his family writes.
Donations in Mr. Swanson’s name may be sent to Hospice of the Valley.