Archer Eugene Spencer “Mama Bear” Swapp, age 87, died on Friday, June 24, 2005 in St. George, Utah. He was born on April 8, 1918 in Kanab, Utah to Leona Spencer and James Eugene Swapp. He married Genevieve Cram on December
28, 1948 in Fredonia, Arizona, later solemnized in the St.
George Temple. He was a World War II Veteran serving time in England as an airplane mechanic, and was scheduled to be
transferred to Japan when they heard the war had ended.
Archer had a good long life growing up and living in Kanab.
He loved the red hills and spent many hours on foot and horseback memorizing the country in every direction. He had the pleasure of owning his own ranch, and loved spending time with the horses and cattle. He also worked for and retired from Kaibab Lumber Company as an equipment operator. Archer loved his wife, children, and grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with them hunting, fishing and gathering wood. He raised a good garden each year, as well as fruit and flowers. He was a wonderful grandfather to his own grandchildren, as well as countless others. Archer had five children, Bobby & Charlene Swapp of Kanab,
Genevieve Swapp McDonald of Kanab, Cynthia & Brent Burdick of Payson, Utah, Sherron & Douglas Jensen of Wauchula, Florida, and Brenda Lee (deceased) & Jerry
Hutchings of Kanab; 17 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He is also survived by siblings Theda Flynn of Washington, Glen & Edith Swapp of The Gap, Arizona, and Emma Jean & Leon Mulliner of Kanab/Hatch, Utah. He was preceded in death by daughter Brenda Lee Hutchings, granddaughter Tracy Burdick, grandson Josh Hutchings, and siblings Norman, Ray, ReeAnn, Grant and Aurelia. Funeral services were held on
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 in the Kanab Utah Stake Center. Burial with military honors was in the Kanab Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
Taken from the Southern Utah News - Kane County Utah