Ronald Swift, 1937–2022

Apr 1, 2022

Ron Swift, 84, of Patterson, California, died February 4 at his home in Patterson, where he had lived for nearly 60 years. He was born and raised in Morengo, Iowa, attending schools there where he received his BS degree from Iowa State. Ron was the owner and editor of the Patterson Irrigator for 40 years and a newspaper columnist for 57 years.

Swift was a founding member of the Patterson Township Historical Society and the Patterson Apricot Fiesta. He served as a Scoutmaster for nearly 35 years. He was honored with the 50-year award from both the Boy Scouts of America and the local Masonic Lodge. He also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Patterson Lions Club. Ron was a longtime member of the KOST and served for several years as Curator of the Patterson Museum. He enjoyed world travel with his wife, which included camel riding.

Ron is survived by his wife, Kay, of Patterson, children Mike (Erika) of San Luis Obispo, Ben (Christie) of Modesto, Beth Reyna of St. Louis, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Iva and Harold Swift.

A memorial service was held March 5 at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson.

Donations may be made to the Patterson Township Historical Society, PO Box 15, Patterson, CA 95363.