Donald E. Swett

Donald E. Swett, 84, passed away peacefully in his home on March 15 in Leadville.

Swett was born in the Sand Hills of Nebraska in the town of Ainsworth on December 9, 1936. After attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney, he went to work for the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation. His career began as a surveyor, later advancing to a supervisory position within the department. He retired after 32 years with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Swett married Sharon D. Haas of Valentine, Nebraska, on August 29, 1961 in Mission, South Dakota. In 1965 upon a transfer within the Bureau of Reclamation, he relocated his family to Buena Vista, then in 1971 to his permanent residence in Leadville.

Swett’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, boating and tending to his lawn and flowers. He enjoyed playing games and spending time with his family and grandchildren, as well as their numerous pets. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to many different countries. He was also an active member of the Good Shephard Lutheran Church.

Swett is preceded in death by his parents Erman and Pauline Swett; brother Richard Swett; and grandson Joshua Simpson.

Swett is survived by his wife of 59 years Sharon (Haas) Swett; son Donald K. (Marilyn) Swett of Denver; daughters Kimberly Simpson of Leadville and Lynette (Ron) Fresquez of Leadville; grandchildren Zachary Fresquez, Melissa Simpson and Haley (Zack) Stamps, all of Leadville; and sister-in-law Sharon (Richard) Swett of Kearney.

A memorial service for family and friends will be planned at a later date during the summer.

Arrangements were made through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for Swett’s family at