Douglas Swanberg

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Douglas Swanberg

Douglas Swanberg, 79, passed away on June 7, 2017, in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he has resided since 2013.

Douglas was born on Dec. 22, 1937, to Bernice and Edwin Swanberg. He was raised in Seattle, attended high school there and joined the U.S. Army shortly after. He attended basic training in Fort Pendleton, returning to Seattle, where he was employed on the ramp crew at Pacific Northern Airlines. 

It was in Seattle where he met and married Charlotte Bode. Their first child Eric was born in Seattle, but shortly after, they were transferred with the airlines to Annette Island in Alaska in 1961, and later to Yakutat where their daughter Dana was born. The family lived in Yakutat for seven years and raised their children there. Doug continued to work for the airlines and commercial fished as well, and developed his love of fishing and hunting in that area.

The family moved to Sitka in 1970, where Doug owned and operated the Chevron Oil fuel station, but continued to commercial fish also. He undertook the building of a large sail/fishing boat in Port Townsend, which was launched in 1979. He continued to fish the boat until it was sold.

Douglas spent several enjoyable years in Washington, Hawaii and Montana before settling down in Grants Pass. He passed his enjoyment of fishing and the open ocean on to his  son and grandson. He will be greatly missed by all his family.

He is survived by his brother, Barrie Swanberg of Grants Pass; sister, Pam Hall and her husband Robert, Grants Pass; sister Penny Swanberg of Seattle; and children Eric Swanberg of Homer and Dana Harrah of Dallas, Texas.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Dylan Swanberg and partner Amy Ellis, Cerisa Swanberg, Sheila Swanberg, ALanna Swanberg, Savannah Harrah and Winston Harrah; and great-grandchild Lynnlee Swanberg.