Dennis Gary Swartz was born April 17, 1940, in Wagner, S.D., to Thelma and Emil Swartz. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in economics in 1964.
He married Susan Stewart in 1967. The Swartzes lived in Denver, then Greeley, Colo., where Dennis worked as a bank trust officer in Greeley and Ft. Collins, Colo. He retired in 1998 and subsequently moved to Custer, S.D.
Dennis was a devoted husband and father, sharing his love for adventure and the outdoors; cycling, skiing, backpacking, scuba diving and traveling with his family and friends.
Dennis died Dec. 20, 2017. He was 77.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Emil Swartz; and sister, Janis Nedved.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sue; daughter, Molly (Andrew) Heltzel of Lakewood, Colo.; grandchildren, Charlotte and Turner Heltzel son, Jeremy Swartz and future son-in-law Emmanuel Lugo.
A celebration of Dennis’ life will take place at a time and place yet to be determined.