In memory of
John Swanson Palm Springs - Born John William Swanson on August 7, 1923, to Swedish immigrants Betty Paulina and Olaf Gottfrid Swanson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Minneapolis, went to South High School and attended First Covenant Church. After High School he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked in a logging camp in northern Minnesota for six months. This was hard work and taught him the hard life of a logger. At age 19 he joined the Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He was transferred to the Army where he transported German officers who surrendered after the World War II. He was Honorably Discharged at Fort Snelling Army Base in Minnesota. John was a Greyhound bus inspector and auto mechanic before selling car dealerships in Santa Monica, Monticello, Minnesota, and the Coachella Valley. The Swansons moved Palm Springs in 1971 where John owned the American Motors/Jeep dealership from 1972 to 1980 (first in Indio then in Cathedral City). After retiring he drove limousines for Cardiff Transportation in Palm Desert. They lived in Indian Wells for over forty years. His sibblings all preceded him in death: C. Melvin, Florence, Elsie, Helen, and Grace, as well as one son, Steven. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lois Bjorlin Swanson, three children, son Michael of Kihei, Hawaii, and two daughters in the Coachella Valley, Pamela and Jillane, eleven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He died on Father's Day in La Quinta of complications from Alzheimer's. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m., at Southwest Church, 44175 Washington Street, Indian Wells where he was a longtime member.
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