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HOULTON - Donald "Pat" Swallow, 91, passed away June 24, 2015 at a local healthcare facility. He was born Feb. 5, 1924 in Oakfield, the son of Harry and Thursie (Parker) Swallow.

Pat grew up in Oakfield, the eldest of six children and graduated from Oakfield High School. He served in the US Army in the European and South Pacific Theaters. Upon leaving the service, Pat moved to Houlton where he worked for the Houlton Water Company, coached Little League and taught an Adult Ed electrical course. In 1970, Pat started his own company, Swallow's Electric, and was joined shortly thereafter by his son, Doug. Pat continued to work until he was 80 years old, while still finding time to attend the numerous grand and great-grandchildren's sporting events. Pat was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, trapping and spending time at the hunting camp with his family. His family meant the world to him and teasing his grandchildren was a source of great delight and laughter. Pat was a wonderful caregiver to his wife Gloria and beneath that gruff exterior was a heart of gold.

Pat is survived by his children Doug Swallow and his wife Patty of Houlton, Susan Callnan and her husband Tim of Florida, Jan Burns of Dresden, Donald Swallow, Jr. and his wife Diane of Medway; son-in-law Lloyd Cutting of Winthrop; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; his siblings Lewis "Mike" Swallow and his wife Mary of Oakfield, Laura "Sis" McLaughlin of Dyer Brook, Kenneth Swallow, Sr. and his wife Priscilla "Sida" of Houlton, Halden Swallow of Oakfield; sister-in-law Marjorie Swallow of Oakfield; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 64 years Gloria, his daughter Lana Cutting, and a brother Joe Swallow. The family would to express the sincere thank you to Dr. Sussman and the staff at Madigan Estates for the exception care given to Pat.

Friends may call at the First Baptist Church Monday, June 29 10:00AM until the time of the service 11:00AM with Rev. Dennis Ashley officiating. A time of refreshment and remembrance will held at the church following the committal service. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery with Military Honors. Gifts may be made in Pat's memory payable to the Four Corners Veteran's Memorial c/o Dunn Funeral Home 11 Park Street Houlton, 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com
Published on  June 26, 2015
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