Obituary: Robert Villareal Swain


Robert Villareal Swain

December 6, 1930 – August 13, 2017


Robert V. Swain was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico on December 6, 1930. He attended high school in Brawley, CA where he played football for the Brawley Union High School Wildcats, (1947-1950) and graduated in 1950.

He served in the United States Army as a mortar man and would earn the title of Paratrooper as a member of the 82nd Airborne from 1951-1953.  He enjoyed over 30 years of employment  with the USDA working in the fields and labs of their center located in Brawley, CA before retiring in 1989.  Robert returned to work for the USDA, which became Imperial Valley Research, and continued to work and consult for over another 20 years. Robert fathered nine children, was grandfather to twenty-five, great-grandfather to twenty-six and great-great-grandfather to one.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy C. Swain of Brawley, his sisters, Amanda Swain of Brawley and Cecilia S. Garcia of Hacienda Heights, his daughters, Deborah Swain Garcia of Indio, Connie Swain of Palm Desert, Rebecca Swain-Day of Bermuda Dunes and Suzanne Swain Barros of Brawley.  His sons, David M. Swain of El Centro, Tommy R. Serrano of Brawley and Roberto C. Swain of Brawley.

Robert is preceeded in death by his father, Raul R. Swain, mother, Rebecca V. Swain, brother, Sergio V. Swain, brother, Bruce V. Swain, sisters, Aurora Swain, Stella Ramirez, sons, Richard “Rico” Swain and Alfonso Swain.

Visitation for Robert will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday August 31 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley, with rosary to commence at 7:00 p.m.

Graveside service will be 11:30 a.m., Friday September 1, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.