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Michael J. Swinford


Michael passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City on January 19, 2021, with his loving wife by his side. Michael was born August 23rd, 1948, in Mattoon, Illinois where he spent his early years as a child before moving to Arizona when he was 10 years old. He spent the rest of his life here where he graduated from Grand Canyon University and started working for the Glendale School District as a P.E. Coach. This would become his career until his retirement many years later with the Peoria School District. In his spare time, he always enjoyed fishing and golfing.
Michael will always be remembered for his kind, patient and genuine spirit always bringing his sense of humor and energy into any room he was in. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Fran; his two children, Chad and Logan Swinford; daughter-in-law, Brandy; and stepson, Craig; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at Sunland Memorial Park at a later date. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at