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George Andrew Swan
07/01/1941 — 02/05/2022
From Burbank, WA | Born in Wellington, KSWatch Service Watch Graveside Service
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George Andrew Swan
George Andrew Swan was born in a small Kansas town to Roy and Millie on July 1, 1941. The family moved to Richland, WA where Roy worked at Hanford as a security officer while George and his sister, Marylin, went to school and graduated from Richland High School. The Swan family had a great love for the outdoors, spending much of their time hunting, fishing, and camping. After graduation, George joined the United States Marine Corps and soon left for San Diego to attend boot camp. Following that experience, George was sent to Camp Pendleton for further training before being assigned to Okinawa, Japan. He then went to Pickel Meadows, California where he worked as an instructor at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. There, he taught climbing, skiing, and mountaineering. Following his discharge as a lance corporal, he returned home to Richland where he attended Columbia Basin College while working at Cadillac Hospital. It was there that he met his first wife, Nancy Wilson, the daughter of a Prosser farm family. The two were soon married and welcomed a daughter, Susie.
George and his family moved to Seattle where he attended the University of Washington to complete his degree in zoology. He also worked as a checker at IGA Supermarket throughout this time in order to provide for his family. Upon graduating with his zoology degree, George took a job for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as a temporary employee. He also worked in the Pribilof Islands in Alaska studying the Alaskan Fur Seal. Upon returning home, he was able to establish a full-time position within NOAA in Pasco, WA, carrying out the study of the salmon passage through the dams of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. George was also in charge of the training and development of the NOAA diving team in Eastern Washington.
During his time working up the Columbia River, George met his second wife, Jeanne Goodrich of Wenatchee, and the two were soon married. With this new marriage, he also inherited a whole crew of step-children and grandchildren. George retired from NOAA and spent his days with his constant companions, his yellow labs, hunting and fishing all over Eastern Washington.
George was a lifelong member of the NRA, a member of the Rattlesnake Mountain Gun Club, and was also an instructor with NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). He instilled a love of the outdoors, hunting, and fishing in many of his children and grandchildren to this day.
Anyone who met George loved him. He had a calm, easy-going personality and was a true joy to be around, always finding a way to make people laugh. He loved his family dearly along with all of his pets, each of which will miss his presence in their life deeply.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Millie, wife, Jeanne, step-sons, Scott and Steven, granddaughter, Alia Jo, granddaughter, Andrea, and grandson, Anuel (Little Buddy). He was survived by his sister, Marilyn and her children, April and Tracy. Daughter Susie Williamson, her husband Blaine, and her children, Hailey and Forrest. Step-son, Anuel (Buddy) Goodrich, his wife Tricia, and their sons, Ty (Tye, Jude, Sawyer, and Quynn), Treston, and Buddy. Step-daughter Leanna Goodrich-Compton and her children, Lukas (Maddax) and Darryll (Colton). Step-daughter Karol Larson, her husband, Mark, and their children, Harrison, Kriston, and Lizzi. Scott’s sons Jesse (Holly, Lyla), Nathan (Andrea, Alia, Ashley, Kaleb, and Kian) and Daniel (Tylen, Lilly, Gage, and Fox).
Dear George, I was so shocked to find that you had passed away last month. But I am so happy to think that we had a chance to see you in December when you had a stopover here in Minneapolis. You’re such a sweet, loving person and the world has lost a shining gem. Now, you are with your love, Jeanne, and we will all be together again one day. Rest in Peace Dear George, you lived and loved a phenomenal life and you were loved so much! Your cousin Julie
I am deeply saddened to learn of George’s passing! He and I were Class of ’59 school friends and continued our friendship for a short time afterwards. He was such a prince of a guy in those early years and beyond. Occasionally, through the years, we bumped into each other & chatted a mile a minute to catch up! I was very impressed, but not surprised, at his many achievements. I admired his humor, his love for the outdoors and his devotion to family. I know he will be sorely missed. My prayers are with his family for peace and comfort in their time of loss.
Those elves among others are sure going to miss you. Bomber tears, Betti
George was our best man at our wedding. I worked with George at the National Marine Service in Pasco. We were in the USMCR in Widbey island together and that was great He was a pilot and so was I. I will miss him but will see him again.
RIP my brother.
For George’s Family,
Please treasure George’s writing. He studied with Patrick Mc Manus, a humorous outdoor writer. As he wrote about the life he lived, he entertained us. He was one of a kind.
You will be greatly missed Uncle George. Hug Aunt Jeannie tight for me!
George will be so very missed!! I can’t believe he is gone!! I have lost a dear friend. Bonnie Allen
Best friends forever and beyond.
I’m glad that I don’t have to miss you, because I know you and Jeanne will always be near to my heart.
Rest in peace my friend
Rest easy George. Thanks for the good times.
George, I’ll always remember our adventures along the snake river in high school. Hopefully your next adventure is just as rewarding. Rsst in peace my friend!