January 8, 1942March 22, 2024 (age 82)

Dennis Vadel Swenson was born to Vadel and Marie Swenson on January 8, 1942. He was raised in Arbon and Malad and received his education in the Malad school system. Upon his graduation he was called to serve a mission to Sweden the birth place of the Swenson family. During that time he made many friends and continued correspondence with them for years.

When he returned from his mission he made his home in San Diego, California. He worked for the Princess Cruise company in the financial department. As always, Dennis made many friends there and was adopted into his co-workers families.

He made the move to Utah in order to be closer to family. He was employed by the airport in customer services. Later he worked for Smith’s Marketplace. His employers held him in high esteem.

Dennis’s passion was travel and his mother and sisters were his favorite companions. While they didn’t exactly sail the seven seas, they enjoyed many cruises and vacations. He’d been to Puerto Rico, Tahiti, and Mexico. But the granddaddy of all vacations was his tour of Italy. He was able to see the treasures of Rome.

Dennis also loved cooking and feeding people. He planned potluck dinners for the residents of his apartment building. He loved coming to Malad and cooking for his family. Canning tomatoes in the fall was his favorite time of year.

Dennis loved the Olympics and the build up before they began. He collected Olympic pins. At the time of the Salt Lake games, he was fortunate to live just down the street from the site of the Olympic torch.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his sisters, Shirlee and Donna, whom he missed terribly.

He is survived by the children of his sisters; Cheri, Teri, Jess, Tracy, Jim and Jerry along with their spouses. He is also survived by his dear friends, Rose and Brad.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday April 3 at noon at the Malad cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary at bestfriend.org.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Horsley Funeral Homes.

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