Timothy Swarens

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Former Juneau resident Timothy Scott Swarens died Dec. 27, 2008, following a long battle with complications related to a bone marrow transplant. He was 22.

Born May 22, 1986, in Tucson, Ariz., to Scott and Marti (Bidiman) Swarens, he graduated from Capital High School in 2005 and attended the Yellowstone Valley Bible Institute in Billings, Mont. A resident of East Helena, Mont., he loved sports, hunting, fishing, shooting, singing and playing the guitar.

He lived in Juneau from 1993 to 2002.

His family said he had a gift and lived life with all the energy he had. He was a natural comic and prankster, and he could make people laugh at will. He also had a serious side and was a devoted friend and supporter of those he loved, they said. He loved Jesus and spent his time on this Earth focused on the family and many friends he loved rather than the many difficulties he faced, they added. His family said he will be greatly missed by all those he touched during his brief but significant life.

He is survived by his parents, of East Helena; sister, Megan Wood and husband, Tom, of Sydney, Australia; grandparents, Arnie and Patty Swarens, of Sisters, Ore., Shirley Swarens, of Bend, Ore., and Wayne and Betty Bidiman, of Salem, Ore.; aunts and uncles, Dawn and David Haffey, of Redmond, Ore., Craig and Kimber Swarens, of Bend, Shonna and Tracy Martinson, of Salem, Brian and Jenni Bidiman, of Salem, Kasey and Shaun Dorschel, of Salem, and Craig Bidiman of Salem.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 31, at East Valley Foursquare Church in East Helena.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Timothy's name may be sent to the East Valley Foursquare Church (for Missions), P.O. Box 785, East Helena, MT 59635. To offer a condolence to his family, or to share a memory of him, visit www.MeM.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Retz Funeral Home in Helena.

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