Obituary: Daniel M. Swart April 8, 1950 – Sept. 18, 2021

DANIEL M. SWART April 8, 1950 – Sept. 18, 2021

Daniel M. Swart, a long time Los Alamos resident, passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2021, at the age of 71.

He was born April 8, 1950 to Leslie and Norma Swart in Canon City, Colorado and spent his childhood in Los Alamos. Dan graduated from Mayfield High School in Las Cruces; he was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America and rodeo clubs where he developed a taste for riding bulls and horses.

He went on to have a dedicated and decorated career in the Navy during the 1970s. He received a vocational education in pipe fitting and welding at Northern New Mexico College. He worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory after serving his country. Dan was also a proud entrepreneur; he owned and operated Continental Welding Service that served the Los Alamos community.

Dan was a fixer and “gearhead” who liked to customize projects and tinker until he reached the desired result. As a member of the National Rifle Association and North American Hunting Club, he was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and target shooting. A cowboy at heart, he was known for his cowboy hats, Harley Davidson motorcycle rides, and patriotism. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going on long drives, telling stories, and delivering terrible jokes.

Dan was preceded in death by his father Leslie Swart and mother Norma Swart. He is survived by his son Matthew Swart and girlfriend Genna Reeves; son Benjamin Swart and wife Natalie, grandchildren Joseph and Temperance Swart; and his beloved dog, Penny.

Services will be held at French’s Funeral Home (9300 Golf Course Road NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114) at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 with a reception to follow at the same location. Interment will follow at a later date in a private family ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery; it will include a well-deserved military salute in Dan’s honor.

Dan will be missed, and utmost gratitude is given for his military service. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of New Mexico – notably Moriah, Tim, and Jeremy – who took extraordinary care of Dan in his final days.

If desired, donations may be made to the Dan Swart Memorial Fund (https://gofund.me/56ae3c7b). Any additional proceeds will be donated to the New Mexico Horse Rescue in honor of Dan.

If you are unable to attend and/or wish to do so, the family invites you to send correspondence, including photos and/or favorite memories of Dan, to The Swart Family, P.O. Box 334, Ribera, NM, 87560.

The family has entrusted the care of Dan to French’s Funeral Home of Albuquerque, 505.897.0300,  https://www.frenchfunerals.com/westside.

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