Well, not exactly “In Memoriam” but its a start. I am sure much more eloquent, clever, and funny things will be said at the memorial. But for now, here is the details on my father’s memorial. (Its not yet posted to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I will update when it posts there, and in the local papers.) Here is what we’ve got:
SWAN, PHILIP R.
Age 66, husband, father, teacher, artist, and friend, passed away on August 1, 2010, in Savage, MN. Phil was born in Minneapolis on June 5 to Roy and Luella (Arndt) Swan, grew up with sister Judy attending Edina schools, and earned a concurrent BA/BS in Art from Mankato State University (1967). Phil served in the Navy between 1963 and 1965 on the USS Enterprise as a journalist. Always looking for a challenge and an interesting conversation, Phil was an art instructor, realtor, sculptor, goldsmith and jeweler, business owner, “creative gardener” and working artist. He was a world traveler, created a unique and loving home, and built and grew deep friendships.
In 1993, Phil was commissioned to create a ceremonial mace for Mankato State University. His art and jewelry career was also the subject of many newspaper articles.
Phil is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 25+ years, Desiree; daughters Rachel Swan (Karen Mattison) of Minneapolis; Manette Swan of Austin, TX; sister-in-law Janene Davison; father- and mother-in-law Don and Peg Davison; and many, many friends.
A celebration of Phil’s life will be held Thursday, August 5, 2010 at the Chart House Restaurant, 11287 Klamath Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044, 952-435-7156. Visitation begins at 4 pm. Memorial service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The Nature Conservancy. Cremation Society of Minnesota 612-825-2435.