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Woodson "Dail" Swan, 1937 – 2013

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Woodson "Dail" Swan, 1937 – 2013

Service time: January 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Woodson “Dail” Swan
1937 – 2013

Woodson “Dail” Swan, 76, passed away Dec. 21, 2013, at home in Tehachapi, surrounded by his family.

Dail was the first of five sons born to Woodrow Wilson Swan and Catherine Lucille (Mulvania) Swan, in Waverly, Missouri, on May 15, 1937.  He married his wife, Jean, on June 20, 1957, at Norton Air Force Base.  While enlisted in the Air Force, he trained as a firefighter.  For the next 25 years, he worked in civil service, as a firefighter, at Edwards AFB; he retired as Assistant Chief.  During his retirement, Dail took a part-time position as a firefighter at Mojave Airport.

Dail enjoyed fishing, golfing, swimming, and water skiing with family and friends at his summer home in Diamond Lake, Washington.

Dail is survived by his devoted wife of over 57 years, Jean; his children, John and his wife, Kathleen of Bakersfield; Teri of Littleton, Colorado; Larry of Bakersfield; brothers, Dick and his wife, Mary Ann of Diamond Lake, and Larry and his wife, Chris of Spokane, Washington; grandchildren,  Clay and his wife, Elvia, Tawny, McKenna, and Jessie; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Vanessa, and Josiah; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Dail was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Charles and Jerry Swan.

A viewing will be held at the Tehachapi Church of Christ on Jan. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m.  The funeral service will follow at 12 p.m.  Services will be officiated by Minister Russ Lawson.  Interment and committal will be at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.

The family would like to give special thanks to Lyda and Brianna of Optimal Hospice Care, for their expert care and kindness.  Donations may be made in Dail's memory to Optimal Hospice Care, 1675 Chester Ave, Suite 401, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5209.

Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service.  For condolences please visit

A viewing was held at the Tehachapi Church of Christ on January 3, 2014, at 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service.  Interment and committal were at the Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.  The services were officiated by Minister Russ Lawson.

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