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Dr. Clark Swain November 25, 2020

Dr. Clark Swain deceased November 25, 2020 Boise, Idaho

Clark Swain passed away in his home at the age of 85.

He is the son of Bertrand and Fern Swain and grew up in Vernal,Roosevelt, and American Fork, Utah. He resided in Boise 44years. He and his family previously lived in Provo, Utah;Tallahassee, Florida; and Bozeman, Montana.

He is married to Eleanor Duffin Swain and they are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Clark and Eleanor met at Utah State University when she was eighteen and he was nineteen. They were married 63 years.

Clark was a retired marriage and family professional. He is the author of the book, “Enriching Your Marriage.” He graduated from Brigham Young University, Utah with a degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development. He earned his Ph.D. Degree from Florida State University. He was a professor at Montana State University and Boise State University teaching marriage, family and human development. As a professional counselor, Dr. Clark Swain specialized in helping married couples. He was a community and church speaker at many events.

Clark was virtually blind from age twenty-one. He loved to ballroom dance, read talking books, bicycle, swim, play basketball in his driveway, and travel with his wife and children.

He was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. He served as a missionary in the Toronto Canada Mission and served in various other callings in his church congregations most often as a missionary. Clark had a deep testimony and love of Jesus Christ. He is known for his sense of humor and wit.

Clark is survived by wife Eleanor, his brother Keith Swain, sister-in-law Karma, and a sister-in-law LaJette Swain, his children, Blake (Linda) Swain, Valerie Steele, Carlyle (Becky) Swain, Joseph Swain, and Jennifer (Mike) Payne. He is survived also by 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Clark was preceded in death by his parents, Bertrand and Fern Swain; two brothers, Vard and Lyle Swain; two sisters, BertellaAldridge, and Sherryl Hassard; and a grandson, Ryan Swain.

The memorial service will be held as a Zoom meeting on Saturday, December 5th, at 11 a.m.:

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If the link doesn’t work (it worked for me) you can enter the meeting ID which is 94095337750


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    Clif Caughron says

    I was saddened to learn of Dr. Swain’s passing. I took his Marriage and Family class at Montana State University, and for the remainder of my time there every time I would see him walking across campus I would greet him and he always returned the greeting using my name, even though I knew he was unable to see me. I will always remember him as a kind man who truly cared about his students. I have thought of him often over the years.

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