Donald Eugene Swenson

August 15, 1946March 4, 2021

Don Swenson, 74, a long-time resident of the San José-South Bay Area, last lived in Milpitas, CA. He suffered a stroke in July 2020, while visiting his daughter Karen in Oregon, and died March 4, 2021 in, Vancouver, WA, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 15, 1946, in Portland, Oregon. He was the only son of Julia Marie (Finn) Swenson (deceased), a second generation Irish-American and Victor E. Swenson (deceased), a second generation Swedish-American.

He studied at Central Catholic High School and the University of Portland, where he got a B.S in Mathematics. He met his first wife, Ann Marie Magee, in high school and they were married in September 1966. They temporarily moved to Indiana where he got his M.S. and Ph.D in Computer Science at Purdue University. Their two daughters, Lynn and Karen, were born during this time.

In 1973, the family moved back to Beaverton, Oregon, where Don started his career as a software engineer at Tektronix. They later moved to California for a new job at Grass Valley Group. Don eventually settled in San José, where he worked for many companies, from start-ups to established names, over his career. He retired in 2002.

Don met his current wife, the former Carmen Vasquez Romero, in Barranquilla, Colombia, while serving as the best man at his friend’s wedding. He and Carmen married in December 2003. After their marriage, they lived in Milpitas for 16 years, where they were active members of Christ Community Church of Milpitas (CCCM).

Don enjoyed computers, hiking, movies, science fiction and crime dramas. He believed in helping others, volunteering for the last 4 years for Rebuilding Together (CCCM’s program to renovate homes for seniors). He and Carmen rescued and gave their two formerly homeless cats, Charlie and Sunny, a loving home. He and Carmen enjoyed going to the beach, where they hunted for shells and rocks, and visiting his daughters Karen and Lynn for the holidays.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Carmen Swenson, daughters Lynn Swenson (son-in-law Chris Johnston) and Karen Swenson, as well as his beloved cats Charlie and Sunny.


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Robert Porterfield

April 5, 2021

Don always stood out because he was so tall, but he was also very modest and you would not find out much about him without an interview. I did not know he had a Phd until I read his obituary. He was also very stoic; suffering from injuries to his foot and leg that refused to heal but he would not complain. His love and devotion to Carmen and his daughters was obvious. He will be missed by us all.

Bill and Pinnie Wu

April 4, 2021

Don joined our life group in 2018. He was a man of few words, but when he said something, you listened. He always listened to our discussions with sincere ackowledgement and positive responses. He was such a gentle spirit with a gracious smile.

Don, we miss you! Thank God we will see you again in heaven :)

Grace Zhong

April 3, 2021

We had a good time together after I knew Don , he was a friendly , kind and gentle person. It's really hard time to say good bye.

Yvonne Porterfield

April 1, 2021

I remember meeting Don and Carmen in the new members class at church. What I remember about Don was his care for the marginalized in our society. I also remember he had such a sharp mind and never just followed the crowd in his thinking.
He was quiet and expressed himself in few words but it was very clear that he loved Jesus and Carmen very much.

Carmen Swenson

March 22, 2021

So many good memories with you my loving husband, how noble, kind, and so much more, words can not express all, I love you. The special memories in my mind, many, like going to beach and enjoy to the fullest. You always in my heart. And missing you. Love, wife Carmen.