Gordon was born in Los Angeles, CA to George Whitmer and Leona Ramsey Swan. He attended schools in Los Angeles. He spent a good part of his life in the grocery business starting at a young age and, later owned Swans Market where he enjoyed the public and friends.
He met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Naylor, and they traveled to the St. George LDS Temple to be united for all eternity.
They were blessed with five children. Patricia Ann Swan of Spanish Fork, UT and St. George, UT, Judy (Barry) Bishop, West Mountain, UT, Steve (Shireen) Swan of Spanish Fork, UT, Gail (Paul) Kaletta of Tooele, UT, and Larry (Patty) Swan of Las Vegas, NV. Their family has grown to 41 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren.
Gordon was an active LDS member who has held multiple callings and loved to serve. Gordon and Barbara have served a mission at the St. George LDS Temple.
Gordon has a passion for painting. He produced paintings for over 75 years. He has painted over 50,000 pictures and murals. He loved sharing his talent with others and letting all learn from him. Gordon quoted “Painting is the best therapy and outlet for relaxation, I am the happiest guy ever, especially when I’m painting.” He now is painting the glorious Heavens, preparing a pathway for Barbara.
We will celebrate his life on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, UT. Viewing for friends and family will be held Saturday, prior to services, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary.
A viewing for family and friends will be held in Spanish Fork, Utah on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary located at 187 South Main Street. A graveside service will be held Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Spanish Fork Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.