J. David Swanson, 74, passed away at Androscoggin Hospice House on December 29, 2020 with his family by his side. \r\n\r\nDavid was born in Houston, Texas on December 26, 1946. He was lovingly raised by his parents Loreta and R.D. "Bill" Swanson of Vega, Texas. \r\n \r\nHis family spent his childhood between Vega, Texas and Milbank, South Dakota. Graduating from Milbank High School, class of 1965. He graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines, class of 1971. He was a member of the Triangle Fraternity.\r\n \r\nDavid began his career with Mobil Oil and then innovated the way paper recycling was done with Scott Tissue in Pennsylvania, which brought him to Scott in Winslow, Maine. He went on to be the Assistant Mill Manager at Statler Tissue in Augusta Maine before retiring as plant manager with Auburn Fiber.\r\n \r\nIn his retirement years his passions were crafting beautiful cribbage boards that he sold throughout the world and playing golf. He thoroughly enjoyed the times he spent golfing with the Wednesday Travel League, as well as his close friends and Family at Belgrade Golf Club. \r\n \r\nDavid was a phenomenal story teller. Whether it was about his time growing up on the ranch, the love for his tractor, woodworking or his buddies sandbagging. David was known for his long-winded stories with many deviations which usually ended with a chuckle.\r\n\r\n Another passion during his retirement was searching for his birth parents. Through many genealogy channels including DNA he located his birth parents, Helen Clark Rippeteau and Roy Luther Smith. \r\n \r\nHe is survived by his wife Barbara (Longfellow) Swanson, his Big-Sister Marceil (Donald) Skinner, his brother Rick (Deb) Rippeteau and sister Rhonda (Ron) Reiff, as well as his three children Jenifer (Mark) Dexter, Chad (Kara) Swanson, Daniel (Allison) Longfellow, his grandchildren Elizabeth, Kody Dexter and Ava Longfellow. \r\n \r\nHis family would like to extend a very special thank you to his Caregiver Eve as well as the caregivers from Androscoggin Health and Hospice for taking such loving care of him over the last couple of months.\r\n \r\nThere will only be a family graveside burial. At David’s request he asks that everyone tip a “Paddy’s” for him.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Winthrop Methodist Church, Travis Mills Foundation, Believet.org. or a charity of your choice.