Michael Dean Swigert, former Brookings resident, passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 10, 2017. He was 59 years old.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Ocean Dunes Golf Course in Florence.
Mike was born Sept. 23, 1958, in Florence, to Richard and the late Eliese Swigert of Florence. The family moved to Brookings in 1962 where he grew up and graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School in 1976. After graduation, Mike attended DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, Arizona, and Lane Community College in Eugene.
Mike was previously married and had two children, Paul and Ashley. The family later moved to Tigard, where Mike graduated college from Portland State University in 1989 with a degree in computer science.
Once Mike received his degree, he wanted to return to Brookings to raise their children. So, Mike accepted a job from C&K (Ray’s Food Place) as their computer programmer, where he worked for 26 years.
Mike later met Lorraine Rose of Brookings. They married Sept. 6, 1997, where he became a father to Allison Irving. Along with his work at C&K, both he and Lorraine co-owned three restaurants: Mike’s Place Italian Deli in Florence, and Bella Italia Ristorante and Blue Water Steak and Seafood in Brookings.
He enjoyed donating his time to the veterans at their local fundraiser barbecue and the Brookings-Harbor High School music department with its annual fundraiser dinner.
Through his mother, Eliese Swigert, he belonged to the Coos Indian tribe. The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians voted Mike onto the Tribal Council for a four-year term. While serving the tribe, he played a key role in the opening of Three Rivers Casino in Florence in 2004.
Mike was a devoted employee of C&K, and the couple moved to Medford in 2014, where they lived for two years.
He loved traveling, and one of his favorite places to visit was Las Vegas. After a vacation in 2015, Mike and Lorraine decided, along with Allison and her husband, that the family would start a new life in the desert. He loved the assortment of restaurants and entertainment right down the road from his home.
Mike and Lorraine were married for 21 years. Michael had a vibrant life and was beloved by all who knew him. Mike enjoyed time spent with family, running, playing golf, coaching soccer, traveling, fly fishing and hunting with family.
Mike is survived by his father Richard Swigert of Florence; wife Lorraine Swigert of Las Vegas; son Paul (Allesha) Swigert of La Grande, daughter Ashley (Max) Eckroth of Florence, stepdaughter Allison (Reinder) de Jong-Irving of Las Vegas and grandchildren Everett and Hank Eckroth and Ethan and Alex Swigert. Also surviving are brothers, Butch (Kathy) Swigert of Newberg and Joe (Shana) Swigert of Albany.
He is preceded in death by his mother Eliese Swigert.
Submitted by the family.