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Born on September 10, 1958 in Tulsa, OK, Rick was one of four children gifted to Harley L. and Dorthy M. (McCrackin) Swan. He was raised and educated in Claremore, graduating from Claremore High School. He and his family attended Memorial Heights Baptist Church; a church that was founded by his late grandfather McCrackin. Rick developed a strong work ethic at a very young age because of his daily responsibilities in helping run the family business, Swan Brothers Dairy. Rick enjoyed caring for the animals and doing anything else that needed to be done around the dairy. Rick married the love of his life, Cathey Pavey, in a Claremore, OK ceremony on April 15, 2005. The couple made their home in Claremore.
A man with a very mechanical mind and the ability to fix most anything he set his mind to, Rick was considered to be his brother Chris' personal mechanic. He was always able to keep his dirt bikes running. Rick enjoyed working on his own cars and the faster he could make them run the better. A man's man if you would, Rick appreciated everything about the outdoors. Whether it be snow skiing, fishing, or quail hunting with his family. He had his pilot's license and would even sky dive from time to time.
During his life, Rick was a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the Operator's Union. Having a head for business, in later life, Rick became a land developer. An accomplishment he was very proud of was developing the land by the turnpike gate in Claremore and selling a portion of it to Quick Trip. Finding time to relax was sometimes hard but the weekly fishing expeditions with his brother became a tradition that they both looked forward to. It did not matter if they were entered in a potluck tournament or just on Lake Hudson catching bass. It was the time spent with each other that was important.
A side of Rick that many of his friends never saw was his willingness to help others, especially those down on their luck. He helped serve Christmas dinner in Grove to those who had no other family or were just hungry. When working out of town, he befriended a homeless man that would be waiting for him every morning at a local convenience store. Rick was always ready to buy him something to eat or drink. He was actively involved in the lives of several veterans, making sure once again, their needs were met or just being a friend.
Rick's legacy will live on not only in the lives of his family, but in all whose lives he touched. He is survived by his parents, Harley and Dorthy Swan, brother, Chris Swan, sisters, Sharon Gardner and husband Randy, and Diane Williamson and husband Don, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, wife, Cathey, and uncle, Fred Swan.
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