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Jason Dean Swanson, 40, Colorado Springs, CO


Gina and Jason Swanson

Jason Dean Swanson was born January 5, 1975 in Calgary, Alberta to DeWayne and Dianne Christie Swanson. He and his wife Gina were killed in a tragic accident near Gunnison, Colo. on September 5, 2015.

Jason became a Montanan at the age of four months and lived in various cities but the farm in the Girard community was always home. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1993 and attended MSU Northern for two years.

Jason took a summer job with Borton Construction building the silos at Holly Sugar and went on to become one of the premiere pipe fitters and welders in the industry, well known for his excellent skills and incredible work ethic.

Jason's oldest daughter Julia was born in May 1998. He married Stacey Bradley in 1999 and moved to Colorado Springs where Eli and Bella were born. His children were the greatest treasures in Jason's life.

With the whole-hearted support of his wife Gina who he married in 2010, Jason made the courageous decision to go back to school to provide a more stable life for himself and his family. He graduated with highest honors in May 2015 from the University of Colorado and was excited to begin his career as a mechanical engineer with Neuman Systems Group on August 10.

Jason always said he didn't need a job to keep him busy. His interests were varied and he loved to find older, quality pieces and repurpose them to suit his needs, From sound systems to a beautiful butcher block cabinet, he was meticulous in whatever he chose to build.

Music was an important part of Jason's life. He could play by ear, and with a solid music education playing the saxophone in high school, taught himself to play the guitar and piano. He loved to join his friends for a good jam session. His album collection (because CDs weren't good enough) was amazing and included almost every genre.

Jason's circle of friends was not large but the friendships he made were deep and enduring. He is deeply missed by those friends including Rick, Chuck, Darrin and Mark.

While we celebrate every moment we shared with Jason, we all deeply mourn the fact that Jason did not live to reach his personal and professional potential, and accomplish all the good that he dreamed of. Sadly, Jason left us before he was able to enjoy the life that he had worked so hard to create for himself and his family.

Jason his survived by his children Julia Hines of Bryan, Ohio and Eli and Bella Swanson of Colorado Springs; his mom Dianne Swanson, sisters Mary Bradley and Brenda Eberling, brother Scott Swanson, nieces Katie Bradley, Charity and Marissa Eberling and nephew Malcom Bradley all of Sidney, Mont.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Albert and Eva Swanson and Jack and Mary Christie, his dad DeWayne and his brother Christopher.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Jason's life Friday, September 25 at 7pm at the Elks Lodge in Sidney.


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