In loving memory of

John Swisher
March 26, 1932 - April 23, 2020

John "Jack" Benjamin Swisher died in {Bellevue Washington on April 23, 202 at the age of 88.

Jack is survived by his children, Karen Peterson, Mary Sayre, Barbara Greenough, Janet Swisher and Thomas Swisher. He leaves behind grandchildren Benjamin Peterson, Lexie Sayre, Paul Sayre III, Kathryn Sayre, Elle Sayre, Mary Swisher and Des Swisher as well as three great grandchildren, Helena Ross, Makai Peterson and Oswyn Peterson. Of the 11 children in his generation he is survived only by his sister, Ann Hale of Boise, Idaho.

He is preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters. His wife of 65 years, Lorraine Deagle Swisher died one year ago almost to the date and time. He is preceded in death by an infant son, John Edward.

Jack was born on March 26, 1932 in Blackfoot Idaho to James J and Mary (Maymie) Blakeslee Swisher. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1950. He studied at Idaho State University.

He married Lorraine Deagle in 1952. After moving to Twin Falls Idaho Jack developed his skills as a printer first at the Buhl Herald and at the Twin Falls Times News as his family grew.

In 1968 he and Lorraine took the bold step of selling the home he built and moving with five kids and a dog to Bellevue Washington for better opportunities and a more diverse and progressive culture.

Jack began working for the Seattle Times until he retired at age 62. His career saw the industry change from massive linotype machines with hot metal to teletype and finally computers that didn't require his artistry. He and two coworker friends and their families became best friends for life with Jack's family.
Family vacations were always a priority and always involved camping trips pulling a trailer and discovering National Parks and state parks.

Once he and Lorraine retired there was no stopping their travels to all seven continents and at one count 169 countries. They traveled the world with Lorraine's sister, Mary Jean Lord and made many friends, took hundreds of photos and brought back art, handcrafted souvenirs and amazing stories from every land.
Jack's passion for justice and peace fueled his involvement with the typographical union and the Democratic Party. He literally donated over a gallon of blood over time to the Red Cross.

Jack will be remembered for his sense of family including linkage to past generations of pioneers.

No one was immune from his puns delivered with a straight face so you would not see them coming. He was friendly and warm with an infectious smile.
Although we cannot now gather together to celebrate his memory there is a plot near his childhood home where he will return next year.

You are invited to honor his legacy with donations to your local food bank or favorite charity.


Laurie Holscher wrote on May 8, 2020:

"This is a beautiful obituary! I know how much you miss your mother and father. They led a really wonderful life and what a legacy they left! Laurie"