In memory of G. Fred swanson,

December 3, 1952 to December 19, 2009

Guy Frederick Swanson was born December 3, 1952 in Hollywood, Florida. His family lived in Metarie, LA, and Memphis, TN before settling in St. Louis, MO. That's where he finished his formal education.

He moved to Denver, CO in 1972. There he played electric guitar in a band called Smokehouse with his brother Doug and long time pal Gary Hoyt. It was also around this time that he met EP Davis and Clarke Wright.

In 1977, along with Clarke and EP, he helped form The Hollywood Rodeo Band, which later became High, Wide and Handsome. He played guitar and bass and was the lead singer.

From 1977 to 2009, HRB/HWH toured extensively in the western US and world wide with DOD/USO tours. In that time they produced two CDs, five cassette albums, two 45 rpm singles and one vinyl LP album. They performed for two US Presidents.

On 19 August, 1992, Fred, (along with Clarke & EP) were awarded the United States Department of Defense Civilian Service Medal for their performances during Desert Shield/Storm.

Fred was employed for many years with the GAP and Old Navy stores along the front range and created many friendships with his coworkers.

He was an accomplished songwriter, musician, poet, historian and gardener and he loved to watch old western movies. A true St. Louis Cardinals fan!

Fred is survived by his mother, Carlene, brother Doug, sister Martha, niece Susan and nephews Derek and Stephen, dog Billie (who was adopted by a special friend), and Bosco.

He was a good friend and this world will be a little less bright without him. We shall miss him.

Per family request, no services are scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter.

To write in the Memorial Guest Book, send an email to fred at the High, Wide and Handsome website address.

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