David B. Swensen, 70, 219 Palmer Street, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Samaritan Medical Center.
Dave was born May 27, 1943 in Watertown a son of Carl and Jean Acker Swensen. He graduated from Watertown High School in January of 1962. On May 24, 1969, he married Suzanne M. Chamberlain at Holy Family Church with Msgr. William J. Argy officiating. From January 1965 until December 1966 he was enlisted with the United States Army; serving in Vietnam and Germany. Dave was employed with Black Clawson Company for forty two years in the Research and Development Department. After his retirement he was a seasonal employee with Fort Drum as a snow plow operator and worked part time at Dicks Sporting Goods.
He was a life member of the Watertown Elks Lodge #496. Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his RV, traveling, golfing and bowling. For many years he bowled in tournaments for the Elks Lodge.
Surviving besides his wife are; a son Erik C.G., of Watertown, two brothers and their wives; Steve and Joy Swensen, of Baldwinsville, Keith and Laura Swensen, of Albany, a sister and her husband; Carla and Phil Smith, of Carthage, several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A service will be conducted by the Elks Lodge during calling hours. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 am at the funeral home with The Reverend Jennifer Kenna officiating. Burial will be in North Watertown Cemetery with military honors. Contributions may be made to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water Street, Watertown, NY 13601 or to the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, Mass 02241-7005. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com or to face book at calarcofuneralhome.