The Passing of Keith M. Swaner

It is with a sad heart that we inform you of the passing of Keith M. Swaner, owner and CEO of Swaner Hardwood Co., Inc.

Keith passed away on January 6, 2021, at the age of 93. In the early 1950’s he was a sales representative for E. L. Bruce Company, and in 1962 he became general manager, vice-president of Angelus Hardwood. Five years later, he took a leap of faith with ten thousand dollars he borrowed and started his own business, Swaner Hardwood Company. Keith later purchased a sawmill, Goodyear Nelson, in addition to a hardwood plywood manufacturing plant, Mount Baker Products. Before the pandemic, Keith still came to the office every day. He loved being with his grandsons, Gary ll and George Swaner, and Keith and Ryan Haag, along with his son, Gary. It is safe to say he had sawdust in his veins.

Keith was an active volunteer of the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America, having served as its president as well as receiving the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards, two of its highest honors. The Los Angeles Hardwood Lumberman’s Club also presented Keith with Lumberman of the Year. He was proud of being a WWll Navy veteran who joined at age 17 and served in the Pacific on the hospital ship USS Repose.

Keith lived his Christian faith and was generous to a fault. He adored his family. His lovely wife, Beverly, preceded him in death. He is survived by his two children and their spouses, seven grandchildren and their spouses, and seventeen great-grandchildren, who all loved him dearly.