Jack Hughes Swenson, 81, of Spanish Fork, Utah, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1994 at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, of complications following a short illness.
He was born May 19, 1912 in Spanish Fork Utah, the oldest son of Isaac and Mary Hannah Hughes Swenson. On January 24, 1933 he married Phebe Jex, of Spanish Fork. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, April 4, 1956.He attended public schools in Spanish Fork, graduating from Spanish Fork High School in 1931. He attended the University of Utah for two years. Throughout his life he pursued a variety of occupations. He worked a number of years for the R.L. Jex Company. He managed the Angeles Theater. Owned and operated the 91 Cafe. Worked for New York Life Insurance Company for 45 years where he was on the President's Advisory Council and a member of the Million Dollar Club. He founded the Security Insurance Agency of Spanish Fork in 1964. He was on the Utah County Life Underwriters and served as president.
He was active in community affairs, serving on the Spanish Fork City Council for a number of years. He was also a member of the State Legislature and secretary of the Republican Party of Utah for eight years. He served as a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1964. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for 40 years, served as president, and lt. governor. He was a charter member of the J.C.'s, served as president, national director and state president.
Throughout his life he was an avid gardener and received many state awards for his beautiful flower gardens. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Sunday School superintendency and taught Sunday School for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Phebe, of Spanish Fork; one daughter and four sons, Barbara (Mrs. Reed) Burke, of Brigham City; Jack J. (Deanna) Swenson, of Spanish Fork; Richard I. (Sydna) Swenson, of Salt Lake; David H. (Deanne) Swenson, of LaCrescenta, California; Edward J. (Sharon) Swenson, of Kaysville; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, Mont A. Swenson, of Malad, Idaho; Frank I. Swenson, of New Port Beach, Calif.; Katherine (Robert) Cohee, of Lynwood, Calif.; and Betty (Burnis) Watts, of Park City, Utah.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 28, 1994, 11 a.m. in the Spanish Fork West Stake Center, 360 North 650 West. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. or Friday at the stake center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.
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