Arthur Leon Swift passed away on October 10, 2021, in New York City. He was born July 17, 1939, in Amarillo. His parents were Rosa Doretta Odom and Arthur Noel Swift.
Leon graduated from Amarillo High School in 1957. He went to Texas Tech with a Sears-Roebuck Foundation Scholarship to the School of Agriculture where he graduated with a degree in agricultural economics. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and of the Texas Tech Rodeo Team. He was World Champion Junior Bull Rider.
His business career started in ranching, moved to oil and gas exploration, then to the newspaper business where he was advertising director for the Amarillo Globe-Times. After the newspaper sold, he went into the cattle feeding business. He was a member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association Board of Directors and served a number of years on the TCFA arbitration committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Security National Bank.
Throughout the course of his life, Leon was a volunteer trustee of various trusts for family, friends, his church, and was a court-appointed trustee for several real estate clients. A professional realtor, he has been associated as an industrial specialist with Coldwell Banker First Equity Commercial Realtors for the past 22 years.
Leon enjoyed hunting, fishing and ranch outings. He was a birder and a gardener. He served on the Palo Duro Club Board of Directors. He was a founding member of Amarillo Bird Dog Club and of the National Shoot to Retrieve Association. Other civic commitments included terms on the Tri-State Fair Association Board, being a YMCA director and Red Cross Board chairman.
In his church, he served multiple terms as chairman of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Trust, several terms on the vestry and several terms as senior warden. He is a past president of St. Andrew’s Day School Board.
For the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas, he was Standing Committee President and an Executive Council member.
Leon and his wife, Georgia Whittenburg Hawks Swift, were married 62 years. Their daughters are Anne Swift Birlin, Andrea Swift and Francie Swift Blumenfeld. Francie and husband Brad Blumenfeld are parents of two favorite grandsons, Fisher Blumenfeld and Chase Blumenfeld.
Leon is survived by a brother, Wayne Swift, Wayne’s wife Ann, and nephews Rob Swift and Steven Swift. He has an extended family of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
A service in Leon’s honor will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021, in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church by Bishop Scott Mayer, Rector Jared Houze and former Rector Jo Roberts Craig. The family requests attendees wear masks. If desired, memorials in his honor may be sent to a favorite charity, St. Andrew’s Church Trust at 1600 Georgia, Amarillo, TX 79102, or Heal the City at 609 S. Carolina St, Amarillo, TX 79106.
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