Jerry Don Swaim, 53 of Dumas passed away on Saturday, November 14,2020. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Pastor Cliff Hildridge of First Baptist Church in Tahoka, TX, officiating. Cremation will follow the service. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 o'clock to 8 o'clock in the evening at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Beeson - Morrison Funeral Directors.
Jerry was born on November 30,1966 in Amarillo, TX to Harvey and Margarett (Gleghorn) Swaim. He grew up in Amarillo and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1985. After graduation, he attended Texas Tech for two years and later graduated from WT with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Jerry married Susan Ott on May 26,1992 in Dimmitt; the couple moved to Dumas where they made their home and raised their children. Jerry served as a probation officer in Moore County for 27 years and retired in January as the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer. In August, he pursued his life long passion of education, teaching math at Dalhart High School.
Jerry was very active in volleyball. He played at Texas Tech for 2 years then continued his love for volleyball by coaching youth volleyball. He coached the Amarillo JO's, AEV, and JET Volleyball for a total of 28 years, impacting many young girls' lives. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchild. Family was everything to Jerry.
He was preceded in death by his father: Harvey; grandparents: James and Rowena Gleghorn.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Susan, of the home; children: Austin Swaim and wife Harley of Tahoka, TX, Ashlei Atteberry and husband John of Dumas, TX; grandson: Bennett Swaim of Tahoka, TX; 2 dogs: Dei and Patches Chet; mother Margarett Lopez and husband Steve of Pampa, TX; brothers: Steve Swaim and David Swaim both of Amarillo, TX; best-friend: Tim Packard and wife Kelly of White Deer, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests, with gratitude, memorials be made to the Jerry Swaim Memorial Scholarship Fund at Happy State Bank, PO Box 1117, Dumas, TX 79029.