In Loving Memory of Patrick Swinth: 1947-2022


Patrick Neal Swinth, 75, passed away Sept. 19, 2022, in Tacoma, Washington, due to a cardiac arrest from an acute pulmonary embolism. He was born March 30, 1947, to Elmer Swinth and Gertrude Walch Swinth James in Chehalis, Washington, where Patrick resided his entire life.

He attended school in Adna, Washington, for 12 years (1953-1965). He was previously married to Marilyn Kambich (two years) and Mary Hoffman (13 years) before marrying the love of his life, Shirley Jenkins Morehouse, on Jan. 7, 1989. He and Shirley shared the last 33 years of Patrick’s life together.

Patrick served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1972, including a tour of duty in Vietnam as a mechanic. Professionally, he was a mechanic at Brown Chevrolet and a UPS driver (1988-2008), from which he retired.

Patrick loved his family above everything. He was friendly, kind-hearted, good-natured, talented, intelligent, generous, helpful, courteous, respectful, self-motivated and content. He smiled often and made friends easily. Even in death, Patrick gave the gift of sight to two people by donating his corneas.

Patrick also loved bee keeping, rockhounding, satellite installing, hunting, fishing, rebuilding Chevy pickups, camping, gardening and heavy equipment operating. He also enjoyed goats, cows and birds. He was a member of various rock clubs and bee clubs, as well as being a deacon at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

He is survived by his wife Shirley, of Chehalis; son Mark Swinth (wife Erika), of Sisters, Oregon; stepson Danny Morehouse (wife Ana), of Hillsboro, Oregon; stepdaughter Chloe Leighton, of Tigard, Oregon; five grandchildren; brothers Don Swinth, of Kent, Washington, and Jim Swinth (wife Bonnie) of Olympia, Washington; sister Barbara Whetstine (husband Charles), of Everett, Washington; and sister-in-law Laura Swinth (wife of brother Fred). 

He was preceded by his parents and brother Fred Swinth.

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