Longtime Juneau resident Stanley D. "Stan" Swanson, 81, died Monday, June 14, 2004, at his home in Juneau, with his family by his side, after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born in 1923 in Fife, Wash., to William A. and Ocie V. Swanson. He was a graduate of Kapowsin High School in Washington. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served in the South Pacific in the Construction Battalion, known as the Seabees. Following the war, he met and married his wife, Marjorie, and returned to college. After his graduation from the University of Washington in 1951 with a degree in fisheries biology, their family moved to Ketchikan, where he began his 25-year career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (then the Territorial Department of Fisheries). He would later become a regional supervisor and then the director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries, a position he held for a number of years.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter and conservationist, and enjoyed being out on the boat, fishing, rain or shine. During his retirement years, he took pleasure in traveling, commercial and sport fishing, hunting, farming and spending time with family and friends.
He was a life member of Ketchikan Lodge No. 159 F&A.M., a member of the 34th (Sp) Battalion Seabee Veterans Association, the Retired Public Employees of Alaska and had been a member of the Juneau Yacht Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a sister, Shirley Imeson of Seattle.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marge Swanson of Juneau; sons, Eric Swanson of Juneau, and Carl Douglas Swanson of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughters, Claire Swanson and Valerie Rose of Juneau; sister, Enid S. Magill of Petersburg; nieces, Pat Magill Stevens of Juneau, and Linda Blakley of Colorado; nephews, Rick Magill of Sitka, Neal and Keith Imeson of Oregon; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 18, at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church, 1106 Third St., Douglas. Due to the current road resurfacing project in Douglas, guests are urged to allow for extra time. Internment will follow in Washington.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, the American Lung Association or to the American Cancer Society.