Thomas N. Swift Sr.
Semper Fidelis: For Family, the Lord, Corps, and Country
Thomas N. Swift Sr. passed away with his beloved wife Gloria at his side, at home Tuesday, November 3, 2015. He was born January 3, 1930 in Indianapolis, Ind. to Ethel and Nelson Swift.
He entered military service and served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy receiving honorable discharges. He was also a Highway Patrol Officer in Indiana. Later, he retired after a career as a homebuilder in Arizona, having a spotless reputation for precision in his work and fine craftsmanship. Excellence marked his career and every position he held.
He and Gloria were married September 8, 2007 at the Salem Golf Club in Salem, Ore. Tom was involved in his community and and also served as Director of the National Association of Home Builders and the Zoning Variance Board for the City of Indianapolis. He was the District Marketing Manager for Buick and was very involved in the Indianapolis 500. Tom was proud to be a Commissioned Kentucky Colonel.
Tom’s lifetime passion was sports, namely football, baseball, and golf. He actively participated in all three of these sports and all were proud when he was named Senior Golfer of the Year in Arizona.
He will be deeply missed, for his great smile, hearty sense of humor, and intense zest for life that touched all those around him. He reached out to many less fortunate than himself and always offered an unselfish helping hand. His favorite saying was, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”
Tom is survived by his devoted wife, Gloria M. Moody-Swift; his son, Thomas N. Swift II; his twin sons, Garry Greene and Terry Greene; his grandchildren, John, Michael, Alex, Christopher, Shannon, and Kelsey, all of Arizona; his stepson, Kenneth Nivens II; his stepdaughter, Rhonda Schafer; his stepgrandchildren, Tyson, Brody, Tasha, and Jared, all of Salem, Ore.; and two great-grandaughters, Tatum and Tori Kiger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beautiful daughter, Deborah Anne Harrison; and his late wife, Sharon K. Swift.
The family wishes to extend deep, heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Signature Home Health, Hospice, and to Visiting Angels as well as to our special Angel and Nurse, Mariah, and to the Veterans who authorized his care.
May our Tom rest in peace with the Lord, forever and ever, Amen. May God be with us all as we accept the Lord’s decision to call Tom to his heavenly home.
Tom will be laid to rest in Scottsdale, Ariz. November 14, 2015, after a memorial service in the Chapel, followed by interment under US Marine Honor Guard, at Paradise Gardens, in the family plot.