David Lynn Swafford
Born: 5/29/1952, Columbus, Indiana
David was born in Columbus, Indiana on May 29, 1952. He was the first born of three children to William and Edna (Haymaker) Swafford. He grew up in the Columbus area graduating from Columbus North High School. After high school David moved with his family to Arizona. In 1971 he met Debra Sullivan who first dated him because of his red mustang, and in March 1972 they were married. David worked and retired from the Phoenix Police Department for 25 years. He served with Honor and Pride.
David loved 4 wheeling which after his retirement he moved to La Sal. Utah. He was an active member of the Red Rock 4 wheelers for over 18 years. He was dedicated member of the Sons of the American Legion where he served in many positions. He a was the Commander of the Detachment of Utah, until his cancer sidelined him. He was also elected to serve as the Western Division National vice Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, under Mike Moss. He always look forward every year to work with the Utah Boys State, and enjoyed seeing young men of Utah learn the working of our government.
He is survived by his loving wife Debra of 48 years of La Sal; 2 sons Eric of La Sal, and Robert (Tiffany) of West Virginia, 5 loving grandsons Jett18, Brekken 15, D.C. 13, Chase 13, and Porter 11. These boys were the twinkle in his eyes; a brother John Swafford of Alabama;í a sister Rebecca (Gary) Love of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by both loving parents, both set of loving grandparents, his loving mother-in-law, and a daughter-in-law Sheri Swafford.
At Davidís request cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Davidís Life will be held in the La Sal Community Center on March 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
Tributes:My condolences and prayers on the passing of Dave Swafford (La Sal Utah) aka Crazy Dave aka Pops to me. He and I and the Swafford family became dear friends upon meeting at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Dave lived life fully as a: loving father, former sheriff, amazing Rock Crawler, lover of all things in MOAB and former National Executive Committeeman for The Sons of The American Legion. An amazing trail leader for Red Rock Four Wheelers during Easter Jeep Week and indeed on Easter Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFTkgbi-SRs.The pictures attached are for his family and friends to remember his passion of Jeeping and Rock Crawling in Moab. The whole family followed Dave to Moab when he retired and they all became lovers of Moab and dedicated volunteers for the Red Rock Four Wheelers. Due to Dave's passion of enjoying life and the outdoors passionately via Jeeping. Our friendship really grew because of honoring Veterans annually during Jeep week. We were a great team and I looked forward to my Easter Sunday rides in his 72 Jeepster Commado. Dave was great driver and showed many a High Dollar Rock Crawler ..how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFAPKuPc_g8 .We always had fun on Easter Sunday as his amazing wife Debby made us still believe in the Bunny Rabbit with candy baskets for all on Easter Sunday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K0NvA2M3H .The pictures and videos attached are dedicated to my La Sal Friend and his Family. And to all the Veterans and Jeepers aka Red Rockers we met together along the way. The Pledge and Patriotic Salute we do every year on Give Away night, basically got started due to him introducing me to his son Eric and his son DC .Who made pillow cases for Veterans and donated a few to the Freedom run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQHDtA4n8d4 .He and his family have been aiding me annually, to make swag bags for all Veterans in attendance .Assisting and educating all about the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run /The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial all week. Easter Sunday and Jeep week was always special being with him and again the pictures and videos show his passion and dedication to make sure all had a great time! Oh yeah the Crazy Dave look? It got started back in his Sheriffs days in Arizona...when he had to handle some Biker trouble single handily .They just stopped when he hopped on a table to settle the rumble and so they all stopped ,to look at that Crazy Looking Sheriff. It made him a legend and friend with the Bikers that day forward. But as we all know friendship was him and with everyone he met. I will miss my Friend Crazy Dave aka Dave Swafford. He is now on an easy trail with blue skies above La Sal Mountains called The Heavenly Trail. Rated easy and no obstacles, enjoying a smooth ride in his Yellow commando and deservedly so .Until we meet again, his spirit will always be around. May he Rest in Peace! May the Good Lord look over his family: Debby, Eric ,DC, JR ,Robbie and all the Swaffords .Give them strength and love .Bless you all for friending me and forever your Trail Leader: Dave Swafford now Resting in Peace. Love you all respectfully,
- Biker Bob aka Robert Cooch KuczeraSo sorry to hear of David passing. Such a sweet and gentle soul. We are thinking of you and your family Debbie. Love to all of you.
- Roy and Marlene Bingman
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