It was a dismal New Year’s Eve for Dumas, Moore County and all of its former counties (88 and then 87 after the redistricting) as longtime legislator and civic leader David Swynford passed away at the age of 81.
Swynford looked after the interests of Moore County and the rest of his county, having been a member of the Texas House of Representatives for 20 years. He was elected to this position in 1990 and retired in 2010.
His successor, Walter T. “Four” Price IV, said of Swynford: “Very sad news. My predecessor in District 87, David Swynford, passed away yesterday… David and I didn’t know each other well before my first election in 2010. However, immediately after that we became friends and communicated regularly… I deeply appreciate his services to our society and state. He left a huge legacy and is highly respected by many. Karen and I offer our prayers and condolences to the entire Swynford family. Rest in peace, David.”
Although many know Swynford from his service as our state representative, he was much more than that. He was a strong supporter of Moore County and Dumas and he served on many councils and local organizations such as the Dumas Economic Development Corporation and the Dumas Lion Club and was very active in his church, Church of Christ Sunray.
Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carl Watson said of Swynford: “David Swynford was a much loved and respected man not only in Dumas but throughout his former county and state. Apart from his legislative accomplishments, he has done so much for his community by donating his time to many good causes that have changed the lives of many people. He will be greatly missed, but he will certainly not be forgotten.”
In a statement posted on Facebook, Dumas Noon Lions Club said: “Our condolences to the family of David Swynford. Lev David was an important part of the Dumas Noon Lions Club. Please keep the family in prayer.”
According to information provided by the family in Swynford’s obituary, he treasured most of all being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am at Christ’s Sunbeam Church. Burial will take place in Austin at 10:00 Friday at the Texas State Cemetery.