Jerome Burton Swart (Joe) passed away in his home in Santa Rosa, California, on June 3, 2019, seven days short of his 76th birthday. He succumbed to cancer after a valiant battle which he fought to the very end. Joe was born on June 10, 1943 in Willmar, Minnesota to George and Berniece Swart, and moved to southern California as a child.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bernard, and his sister Mary Jane.
Joe met Diane Jones in 1960 and they married on June 26, 1964. They had a son, Rob, in 1965 and a daughter, Melissa, in 1967. Joe and Diane lived in Anaheim, CA for the first years of their marriage, then moved to Mountain View, CA in 1970, and finally to Santa Rosa in 1974. Their marriage was one of great love, affection, joy, and laughter. Joe retired from the County of Sonoma as a Road Stock Specialist in 2006. After retirement, Joe took up golf and traveling. He and Diane traveled the world, taking 33 cruises to Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii, among other places. Joe loved to travel, and was making plans for additional trips until the very end.
Joe loved cars, and was an active member in Sonoma A’s and Corvettes of Sonoma County. He fully restored a 1928 Ford Model A, and owned three Corvettes over the years. He and Diane went on many trips and events with their car clubs, and made many, many lifelong friends as a result.
Joe was very proud of his family and was an extremely loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Diane; his brother, Pat Swart; his son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Tracey Swart; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Steve Usack and their daughter, Alexa; his grandson and wife, Thaddeaus and Elaine Swart and their son, Asher; his granddaughter and husband, Molly and Josh Battenfield, and their children, Declan and Jemma; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He always had time for his family, and loved nothing more than to be around them.
Joe will be remembered by his sense of humor, love of practical jokes, generosity, thoughtfulness, and loyalty. He loved a good laugh, and dearly loved his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
There will be a celebration of life for Joe on June 21 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa at 1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Heartland Hospice of Santa Rosa, who took such excellent care of him at the end.
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