Kent Richard Swalin

Kent Richard Swalin, 56, of Kenmore, Washington passed away on September 3, 2014 from esophageal cancer.Swalin1


Kent was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 30, 1957 to parents Richard Arthur and Helen Marguerite (née Van Wagenen) Swalin. He graduated from Mounds View High School and studied Economics and Business Administration at the University of Minnesota. He held a B.S. in Business Management from Farleigh Dickenson University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.


Kent brightened many lives with his adventurous spirit and mischievous sense of humor. An avid sailor, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family in his boat on Lake Washington. His other activities included open water swimming, paddle boarding, yoga, travel and mountaineering. In August 2013, he and some friends climbed Mount Rainier.


A true Seattle geek, Kent worked as a systems engineer for the past 15 years with the Systems and Technology Group at IBM. Prior to IBM he worked for Tandem, Valmet, Micro Encoder, Access 360, Rainier Bank and SAFECO as well as a short stint as a consultant.


Kent is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hill, his two daughters, Jenna and Jayme, and his puppy, Abby. He is also survived by his father and two sisters, Karen and Kristen.Swalin3


In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the DeGregorio Family Foundation or Evergreen Hospice.

One Response to “Kent Richard Swalin”

  • Philip Brooks says:

    I worked with Kent at Micro Encoder from 94-96, where we both were software engineers. I remember Kent very fondly, he always had lots of funny stories about technology, sailing, and just about everything else. We’ll all miss Kent very much.

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