Wednesday, June 28, 2006


THOR SWANSON

Swanson, Thor, died Sat, June 24 in his Laguna Niguel home at the age of 51. He was a 27-year Veteran of the Orange County Fire Authority, for many years as a Paramedic Captain at station 29 in Dana Point. Swanson's career had brushes with fame including having his image appear on newspapers as far away as Nairobi, Kenya when an AP photographer shot him surveying a massive fire covering many blocks of Anaheim; being featured in an episode of William Shatner's "Rescue 911" after his crew's successful efforts at saving a pilot after a crash at an El Toro air show, and a range of media coverage when he took part in delivering a baby in a Dana Point motel. But it was thousands of private moments and a lifelong commitment to training and helping others that added up to a career honored by record-sized gatherings of firefighters when he retired last year after his cancer made continuing with the work he loved impossible. His help for others wasn't confined to his professional duties. For 32 years he volunteered for Garden Grove's children's summer camp. He did everything from maintenance and planning to dispensing medications to wearing odd costumes and singing funny songs around the campfire. He grew up in and loved Garden Grove and started working with the camp when he worked for the parks department there. He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Sandi Swanson; stepson and daughter-in-law, Scott and Nicole Powley, of Laguna Niguel, CA; sister, Laif Swanson, her children Anna and David; loving mother, Deedie, all of Pasadena, CA; beloved brother, Gunnar, of Greenville, NC. A Funeral Service to be held on Fri, June 30th ~ 11 AM at South Shores Church in Dana Point, CA with departmental honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Y.M.C.A. of Orange County – Thor Swanson Memorial Camp Fund, 13821 Newport Avenue Suite 200, Tustin CA 92780 O'Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary Directors (949) 581-4300 www.oconnormortuary.com

from the Orange County Register

3 comments:

dink said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. His life wasn't a long one but it was certainly a FULL one. He sounds amazing.

Christopher55 said...

He was a good person, Dink.

dougbr said...

Everyone touched by Thor, remembered him as a good man....