Obituary: Shane Thomas Swift (July 16, 1979 – April 1, 2013)

By Submitted April 17, 2013 06:02 pm

Shane Thomas Swift
Shane Thomas Swift
Shane Thomas Swift died on April 1, 2013, from a sudden blood clot to his heart. Shane was 33 years young. He passed away unexpectedly about 4 a.m. at Sutter Coast Hospital. Shane enjoyed a strong and active lifestyle. He thought he had pneumonia.

Shane worked in the construction industry. He was a commercial and sport fisherman. His artwork includes redwood carving with his mother. He practiced his Yurok heritage singing the deer dance song and teaching basics of the dance ceremony. Shane practiced martial arts. He had a sense of humor, generosity, and most of all, love of his family. Shane attended Del Norte High School in Crescent City and North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Wash.

Shane is survived by his mother, Lavertta Waggle, Crescent City; father, William Swift, Taholah, Wash.; sister, Delfy Monks, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sons, Gage Swift, Anthony Swift and Edward Swift of Eureka, Calif.; siblings Jacinta Swift, Lapwai, Idaho; Dean Buckle, Grants Pass, Ore.; Shane and Shawnene Simmons, Bethany Swift, Daniel Swift of Kingston, Wash.; Will Swift of Suquamish, Wash. He has numerous extended family members of the Yurok Tribe and Quinault Indian Nation.

Funeral arrangements are by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel. Shane will be set to rest at Taholah, Wash., on April 20, 2013.