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Buddy Swapp

Mark “Buddy” Andrae Swapp, 34, lost a courageous battle to a rare and aggressive cancer on April 3, 2018. Mark was born on Oct. 2, 1983, in Bridgeport, California, to Jon and Bethleen Swapp. He grew up working on the family farm and ranch. He loved plants, animals and the outdoors. He was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and quickly earned his Eagle Scout badge. Mark participated in track, football, and wrestling — winning the state championship in 2001 in the 112-pound weight class. In 2002, he concluded his wrestling career with the Arizona State Record of 188 wins. His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and Montreal Expos, which may have been highly influenced by his older brother, Robert. Mark graduated salutatorian from Duncan High School in 2002. Mark served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tegucigalpa Honduras Mission, where he gained a real love for the gospel and the Spanish language. Later, he attended New Mexico State University earning dual degrees in Horticulture and Spanish, which he spoke at every opportunity. He furthered his education at Texas A&M, earning a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. His chosen field led him to jobs and research throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and finally landing his dream job in San Rafael, California, working for WRA Environmental Consultants. Prior to his illness, he was in the process of obtaining his L.A.R.E. Certification as a landscape architect. Mark was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding numerous callings. His two favorite callings were being a missionary and Boy Scout leader. Mark never wavered in his faith, even through his prolonged battle with cancer. He lived a minimalist lifestyle, and recognized the important things in life: Faith, hope and genuinely demonstrating compassion to those around him, regardless of circumstances. Mark is survived by: his parents, Jon and Bethleen; siblings, Jeni (Jaime) Blancarte, JR Swapp, Robert Swapp and Jessica “Skeeter” (Latigo) Swapp; grandparents, Willard LeRoss and Mabel Jones; nephews, JoseLuis and Juanito, and niece Jaime RyAnn; numerous aunts and uncles, countless cousins and an abundant network of friends. He is preceded in death by: his grandparents, Herman “Tuffy” and Nedra Swapp; grandmother, Elizabeth Ison Jones; aunt, Elizabeth Jones and uncles, Bill Synder and Ralph Vance. Our family would especially like to thank his numerous doctors, nurses and medical staff who looked after him during his treatments. Specifically, the Stanford University and University of California San Francisco that provided exceptional service. Prior to passing, Mark made the comment that unfortunately once he passed, he would not be able to write a review. Therefore, we would like to thank them, on his behalf, for the compassion and care they provided Mark and our family. Funeral services for Mark will be conducted Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Duncan Arizona L.D.S. Stake Center by Bishop Steve Lunt, of the Virden Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Virden Cemetery in Virden, New Mexico. Family will receive friends Saturday morning, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., in the Duncan LDS Stake Center Relief Society Room. Mark's family asks that should you like to make a donation that they be made to: Assistance League of Los Altos, the “HOME” fund that so graciously provided lodging and hospitality to Mark and his mother while he initially sought treatment. Donate at http://www.losaltos-assistanceleague.org/home/donations/.

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John and Bethleen. Just want to how sorry I am for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you soon. Dianne Vandell

Dianne Vandell Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM

John and Bethleen. Just want to how sorry I am for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you soon. Dianne Vandell

Dianne Vandell Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM

To the Swapp Family I had the distinct honor of having Mark as a student, employee and friend. He worked with me as a landscape designer both through the University and in business. When he decided to go to Texas A & M to work on his Masters he suggested and did a landscape plan for the parkway across from the NMSU Stadium that remains there today. It was his tribute to being a New Mexico State Aggie over all others.The entire project was done online, using satellite images that he figured out how to do. He was a sharp individual and will be sorely missed, but we are sure his preceding family and Aunt Myrtle are with him now. You have our condolences. David, Marilyn and the Kraenzel Family. "Ola Mark, keep on keeping it real"

David G. Kraenzel Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM

To the Swapp Family I had the distinct honor of having Mark as a student, employee and friend. He worked with me as a landscape designer both through the University and in business. When he decided to go to Texas A & M to work on his Masters he suggested and did a landscape plan for the parkway across from the NMSU Stadium that remains there today. It was his tribute to being a New Mexico State Aggie over all others.The entire project was done online, using satellite images that he figured out how to do. He was a sharp individual and will be sorely missed, but we are sure his preceding family and Aunt Myrtle are with him now. You have our condolences. David, Marilyn and the Kraenzel Family. "Ola Mark, keep on keeping it real"

David G. Kraenzel Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened by Mark's passing. He is one of the best persons I've ever met in life. He is always kind and gentle to others while he holds high standards for himself. I cherish every moment we worked together for research projects at Texas A&M University. I will forever miss Mark. Ming-Han Li

Ming-Han Li Apr 16 2018 12:00 AM

Mark is a really great person. He was the type of person you could contact when you needed a hand. One of the funniest stories I have involved racquetball at tamu. He wanted to play, so I obliged. I won the first game, then the second, third, and fourth. I can't remember how many games we ended up playing. But shortly thereafter, he got me back by announcing at church that if anyone needed to be humbled, they should play me in racquetball. Mark, thanks for being there for us all!

RC Condie Thoerig Apr 16 2018 12:00 AM

Mark is a really great person. He was the type of person you could contact when you needed a hand. One of the funniest stories I have involved racquetball at tamu. He wanted to play, so I obliged. I won the first game, then the second, third, and fourth. I can't remember how many games we ended up playing. But shortly thereafter, he got me back by announcing at church that if anyone needed to be humbled, they should play me in racquetball. Mark, thanks for being there for us all!

RC Condie Thoerig Apr 16 2018 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened by Mark's passing. He is one of the best persons I've ever met in life. He is always kind and gentle to others while he holds high standards for himself. I cherish every moment we worked together for research projects at Texas A&M University. I will forever miss Mark. Ming-Han Li

Ming-Han Li Apr 16 2018 12:00 AM

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A candle was lit in memory of Buddy Swapp

Sissy Walker Apr 14 2018 12:00 AM

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