Clyde Albert Swenson July 8, 1926 - May 26, 2021

Clyde Albert Swenson, 94, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2021, at the Bennion Veterans Center in Payson, Utah.  Clyde was born in Spanish Fork, Utah, on July 8, 1926, to Rulon and Rhea Swenson.  Growing up in Spanish Fork, his favorite childhood memories were of working with his father; and twin brother, Cleve, on their ranch.  Throughout his life, at heart he felt like he was truly a cowboy–he loved working with horses, riding in the mountains, and helping the cattlemen’s association move cattle in Diamond Fork.  He always said the best years of his life were after he retired, spending time with his brother, Cleve, on their horses driving the cattle up Spanish Fork Canyon.

A proud military veteran, Clyde served in the United States Army in the 11th Airborne Unit during World War II.  He served in the South Pacific and the Philippines, receiving multiple awards including a Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and Parachute Infantry Badge.  After his service, he married Maurine Snell on November 12, 1946, in the Salt Lake City Temple.  Together they had three children: Craig, Elaine, and John.  They enjoyed family vacations to southern California and visiting national parks.

Clyde believed strongly in the importance of education and hard work.  After graduating from Spanish Fork High School, he went on to get a achelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University followed by an MBA from New York University in marketing and business.  Even after his formal education was complete, he enjoyed a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.  An avid reader, his house was always full of books.  His favorite author was Neal A. Maxwell, whom he had served with during his time in the Army.

Clyde was employed by the City of Spanish Fork as Administrator of Finance and Recorder for 19 years.  Prior to that, he worked in the accounting department at US Geneva Steel Corporation.  Believing in the importance of being involved in his community, Clyde served on the Spanish Fork City Council from 1956-1968, and from 1992-2000, a total of 20 years.  He also served on the board for the Nebo School District for 14 years.  During his time of service to the city, he participated in many different committees.  Clyde also enjoyed being involved in civic clubs, including the Rotary Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

As a life-long devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Clyde’s faith was paramount in his life.  He held many callings in the church, including that of Bishop and serving in the stake presidency.  He valued his testimony over all things and was a scholar of the scriptures and gospel doctrine.  Clyde enjoyed traveling and was an avid Brigham Young University sports fan–he loved venturing all over the country to attend BYU football games.  After 54 years of marriage, his beloved wife, Maurine, passed away in April of 2001.  He later married Barbara Brown, who passed away in January of 2020.

Clyde is survived by his children and their spouses: Craig and Sharee Swenson of Salem, Elaine and Brian Selby of Orem, and John and Carolyn Swenson of Riverton, as well as 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.  He is preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings: his sisters, Lenore Brockbank and Shirley Beck; and his twin brother, Cleve Swenson.  As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Clyde was honored and loved; he will be missed but his example of faithfulness, hard work, and dedication will always be remembered.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Clyde’s life on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT 84660.  The viewing will be held from 9:45 -11:15 a.m. with a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will follow in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

 

 

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A viewing is to be held on
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
from 9:45 to 11:15 in the morning
at the Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main Street
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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Funeral Service

A service is to be held on
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
at 11:30 in the morning
at the Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main Street
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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Interment

Interment to follow the funeral service at
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 South 400 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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    Sandy Hiatt says

    Clyde was an amazing man. I loved his knowledge and wisdom and am so grateful for his service to protect our freedom. He will leave a hole in a lot of hearts. We love him!

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    Steve Banks says

    So sorry to hear about Clyde he was a great man. My condolences to his family prayers.

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    Lil Shepherd says

    Clyde Swenson, what a great man. He represented and presented so much good in the world. I’m grateful for the good he taught me by his example, by word and deed. Heaven’s gain is our loss. Enjoy your next journey, my friend.

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    Alex Woffinden says

    Clyde is one of the greatest men I have ever met. He taught me so much about the gospel and the importance of keeping an eternal perspective. He lived and loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. He played a huge part in helping me make my decision to serve a mission. I will never forget the influence he had on me and I hope to follow his example and live like he did. He was a spiritual giant with a huge heart and genuine interest and love for everyone he talked to. I will miss him dearly but I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know him and learn from him in the last year of his life. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices he made for this country. Words are inadequate to describe the respect and love I have for Clyde. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers of comfort and peace to his family.

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    Eva Pearl Stoneman says

    President Swenson is a great person. I admired him in our stake presidency and later as he, President Barney and my husband rode together to the Temple. He has so many great qualities in his life and relationships with others.
    May you all find peace and comfort in your memories. God Bless You.

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