Richard Gates Swain (many knew him as “Cap”) passed away peacefully on June 21, 2014 in St. George, Utah returning home to meet loved ones that preceded him in death. He battled with Lymphoma Cancer for many years but his strong will to live often kept it in remission. Cap was born July 25, 1935 to George and Helen Swain in Salina, Utah. He spent some of his younger years in Panguitch, Utah and Pioche, Nevada moving to Provo, Utah where he graduated from Provo High School. After graduation he moved to Henderson, Nevada and at this time became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He married Jean Hoppe Schuenman in the St. George, Temple on September 3, 1957. They divorced 39 years later.
While in Henderson he worked as a printer at Marc Wilkinson Printing where he was employed for 18 years. In August of 1972 he uprooted his family to his birthplace of Salina, Utah wanting the small town life he once missed and enjoyed. From 1972 he worked for the U.S. Gypsum plant in Sigurd, Utah until retirement. Cap liked adventure and he showed it through his several moves from Idaho to Nevada and back to Utah again where his final home was made in St. George, Utah in which he spent the last ten years of his life. He married Pat Young on October 15, 2005 in St. George who was by his side when he passed over. Cap loved the outdoors and prided himself on his many adventures from hiking the Grand Canyon to various camping trips in the Uinta Mountains.
Cap was preceded in death by his loving parents Helen and George Swain and one sister, Vivian Olsen. He is survived by his wife Pat Swain, four children; Sharon Roberts, Gregory Swain, Myrna Anderson (Sterling), and Ronald Swain along with 3 sisters; Maxine Jackson, Louise Gardner, and Gay Fyfe, as well as 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Surviving step children include Jim and Julie Boyd, Maurice and Charise Young, Melia Gilbert, Teri Mitchell, 20 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren.
Richard chose to donate his body to medical science and cancer research. A memorial in Cap’s honor will be held Saturday June 28, 2014 at the LDS 16th Ward located at 550 East 700 South, St. George, Utah at 11:30 am. He will be buried in Holden, Utah.