September 22, 2011

Joe & Dora Ellen Colley Swint

Some time ago I wrote about the Salathiel & Eva Phylena Conner Coffey family of Collin Co., TX.  One of their children mentioned was Laura Ella, born Oct. 23, 1908 in Silverton, Briscoe Co., TX who married Arlie Colley Swint.

That marriage took place c1926 in TX.  An exact date has not been found.  Arlie was born on Jun. 25, 1907 in TX to Joe and Dora Ellen Colley Swint.  There were two children born to that union:  J. "Jay" Ronald & Irma Glyn; Jay on Oct. 30, 1928 and Irma on Apr. 8, 1931.

Arlie died on Aug. 3, 1980 in Wichita Falls Co., TX and is buried at Rosemont Cemetery in Wichita Falls.  Neither a death date nor a burial site has been found thus far for Laura.

This morning I received an "obituary alert" for Jay who died on Sep. 19, 2011 at Sandy, Salt Lake Co., UT.  Jay was married to Lois Mae Roberts on Jun. 17, 1950 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM.

Obituary, The Salt Lake Tribune, Sep. 22, 2011

J Ronald Swint, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Sandy, Utah on Monday, September 19, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his sister and only sibling, Irma Glyn Beck.

Born to Arlie Collie Swint and Laura Ella (Coffey) Swint on October 30, 1928, in Lubbock, Texas, Jay spent his youth in Texas and Louisiana before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he met his lifelong companion Lois Mae Roberts. They were married June 17, 1950 and spent the next 61 years together, raising a family of four children, Mark (Peggy Jo), Mary Colovich (Brad), Carol Bay (Jamie) and Paul (Jayme). He left a large posterity with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Early in his life Jay began a career with Capitol Records. The job took the family around the country before ending up in Southern California where Jay worked in Hollywood as an executive in charge of artist relations and promotions. He later worked as an agent and manager for a number of successful entertainers. He knew and was friends with many famous and talented artists and musicians.

In later years he worked in the health spa business and explored his entrepreneurial skills with a number of interesting endeavors.

After retirement, Jay and Lois spent many hours pursuing their passions for travel and rock hounding, a favorite pastime. He also spent many enjoyable hours fly fishing and playing golf with his sons. He loved his family dearly and found great joy visiting with all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As active and ardent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since their conversion in 1966, Jay and Lois solemnized their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple. They served an LDS mission to the Central America Area and were based in Guatemala in the mid 1990s. Jay also served in a Bishopric, on a High Council and in a Stake Presidency, as well as numerous other callings throughout his life. He was an inspiration to his family and will be deeply missed.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, September 22, 2011 and again from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. the next morning at the Dimple Dell Park Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 9880 South 3100 East, Sandy, Utah. Funeral services will be held at the same location on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 12:00 noon followed by interment at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, located at 1950 E. 10600 South.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jlswint@aol.com.
 
Jay's sister Irma died tragically from carbon monoxide poisoning on Dec. 22, 1973 in Pampa, Gray Co., TX.  She is buried at the Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Potter Co., TX.

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