Donald Wayne Swanson was born on Aug. 22, 1924 in St. Paul, Minn. to Harold and Elva Swanson. He died at Mt. Grant General Hospital on May 12, 2015.
Don came to Hawthorne about 1939 with his mother from Minnesota. His father had come out to Nevada in the mid-1930’s to find work. After he went to work at the base, he sent for his family.
Don went to school here in Hawthorne and would have graduated in 1944, except he was in the war in Europe. Don also worked at the base before he joined the Army.
Don enlisted in the Army in May of 1943 and was trained in navigation school in preparation for D-day in Europe. His navigation detachment was disbanded just before D-Day Invasion and he then joined and participated in the invasion at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. He went through the rest of the war in Europe and was discharged from the Army in January 1946.
Recalled from the Reserve’s in 1948, he was involved in escorting deceased soldier’s home for burial from the war. He was released from duty in January 1949.
His third entrance in the Army came during the Korean war. He never went overseas as he was a World War II veteran. During this third tour, he was stationed at Fort Worden, Wash. where he was discharged from in 1952.
He came back to Hawthorne and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1954. He married in approximately 1955 and lived in Reno until about 1960. He had no children. He moved back to Hawthorne and worked for Southern Pacific Railroad out of Reno until he retired in the 1980’s.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Harold in 1958 and Elva in 1986 who are both buried in Hawthorne; brother Paul Swanson, who died in 1993. He is survived by cousin, Wally Sutherland of San Mateo, Calif.
Services were private and under the arrangement of Gunter’s Funeral Home – Hawthorne.