Les was born in Turner, MT on May 27th, 1936 to a ranching family before moving to California and Missouri. He passed away at the age of 79 in his Galveston, TX home on March 12th, 2016.
Driven by his strong work ethic, Les joined the US Air Force, serving as an Electronic Countermeasures officer on a B-52 with the elite Strategic Air Command (SAC). Les retired as a captain and went on to receive his bachelors’ degree from the University of Arizona. His lifelong career in information technology began with Conoco in Oklahoma and continued as a Systems Analyst with ANICO. Upon his retirement, Les remained an active contributor to the Galveston community, serving on the homeowners’ board of Havre Lafitte, on the Galveston County Appraisal District review board, as a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and a volunteer at various community events.
His zest for life and unwavering curiosity led to many interests and hobbies. Often with his grandson Ryan by his side, there were always projects to be engineered, built, explained and otherwise enjoyed with his Opa. Also, Les found sanctuary in his beloved land in East Texas, spending hours in the woods, fishing and relaxing by the fire. He was an avid reader, gardener, fisherman, music and fitness lover, often riding his bike 16 miles a day and walking with Ralph, his Bassett by his side, they were fixtures in the neighborhood community.
Preceded in death by his parents, Julia & Kaler Swenson and his brother, Kaler Martin Swenson, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia Swenson, his sons, Mike, Jim and Jeff and his daughter, Pam. He is also survived by his treasured and beloved grandson, Ryan. Also mourning his loss are his brother and sister in law, Patrick and Billie Swenson, his sister, Rosemary Swenson and numerous nieces and nephews. With his treasured “OFC” friends and their spouses, Richard (Sluggo) and Dodie Thiem, Jerry and Dotty Reynolds, Walt and Carol Grunden and Mike and Kathleen McCann, he enjoyed weekly Wednesday talks over coffee, monthly dinners and travels around the world. Greeting him in Heaven will be his revered dog, Duke, while his constant Bassett hound companion, Ralph will remain here with Sylvia.
The Swenson family wishes to thank Dr. Leah Low, Dr. Syed Gilani, Dr. Wissam Khalife and all of the cardiology nurses and staff at UTMB for their compassionate care.
Remembrances can be directed to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or the Galveston Island Humane Society.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service to begin at 7:00 p.m., at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550, (409) 763-4621. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1308 Broadway, Galveston, TX. Interment will follow the funeral mass at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery at 7801 Gulf Freeway, Dickinson, TX 77539.