Jimmy Allan Swanson
January 30, 1936 — June 26, 2022
Jimmy Allan Swanson died peacefully in his home June 26, 2022. Jimmy was born January 30, 1936, in Gardendale, Alabama to Harry Shellman Swanson and Maude Pettyjohn. Jim was the oldest of three children.
Jim grew up in a religious home, being a Seventh Day Adventist. He was later baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1958. He told his family that he became truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ on July 4, 1967, on the beaches of Vietnam. It was the chaos of war and the lifestyle of the military that made him realize how much he wanted an eternal family. From that point on, he dedicated every aspect of his life to being a true follower of Jesus Christ. Jim enjoyed serving the church in various callings, including being the Ward Mission Leader, Scout Leader, Young Men’s President, High Councilman, Bishop, First and Second Counselor in the Bishopric, and Executive Secretary.
Jim was a very patriotic man and served his country in two different branches of the military. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1956, in the Air Force from 1957-1976, and was in the Vietnam War from 1967-1968. After his retirement from the Air Force, he and his family moved to Utah where he was an Allstate Senior Claims Adjuster and then on the Catastrophe Team as an analyst.
Jim married Bonnie Mae Black on November 15, 1959, and they were later sealed in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on December 16, 1968. Together, they raised two children, Pixie and Ed. They now have a posterity of eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Jimmy is survived by his daughter Pixie; his daughter-in-law Trish (Ed) Swanson; as well as his eight grandchildren Brianna (Jeremy) Allphin, Austin Mead, Elleny (Bryce) Widdison, Alex (Jane) Swanson, Makensey (Cayden) Womack, Baylee Swanson, Brooklyn (Ben) Child, Davis Swanson, and 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jean (Fred) Cary-Henry; his sister-in-law Nancy (Jacky) Swanson; niece Debbie Newell and her two children, Amber Newell and Blake Hansen.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Mae Black Swanson; his son, Eddie Alan Swanson; his parents, Harry Shellman Swanson and Maude Pettyjohn; and his younger brother, Harry Jackson (Jacky) Swanson.
The family wishes to thank Elevation Hospice, especially Jacoy Klema RN and Cindy Flint CNA who took such loving care of Jimmy in his final months.
A Viewing for friends and family will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 9:00-10:00 am with a Military Honors graveside service to follow at Leavitt’s Mortuary and Aultorest Park, 836 36th St, Ogden, UT.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.leavittsmortuary.com.