Jimmy Swartz, longtime AOC member, highly respected birder, mentor to many, and all-around wonderful man, passed on July 17, 2017. A memorial service is being planned sometime in October at Hazel Bazemore Park on the Hawk Watch Pavilion. Jimmy was an avid "hawk watcher" for many, many years. He enjoyed helping others see the kettles as they approached the Hawk Watch area. The Memorial date will appear in the September newsletter, here on the website, and will also be emailed or mailed to AOC members.
The following is the obituary posted by the Sawyer George Funeral Home: James R. “Jimmy” Swartz, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 93. He was born September 19, 1923 in Mission, Texas to Guy and Kathryn Swartz. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. Upon his return from the service he was employed by Southern Community Gas Co. which later became Coastal States Gas and finally Valero Energy Corp. He retired from Valero Transmission Co. in 1989. Jimmy was an avid birder. He and his wife, Patty, were members of the Audubon Outdoor Club for many years. He and Patty hosted many eager birders from all over the world to view the migrating birds from their home on the Nueces River. Jimmy led many birding field trips, sharing his knowledge of native birds.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Anne, three sisters, Evelyn Polete (C.M. “Pop”), Betty Martens (Paul), and Joyce Peterson (Phil).
He is survived by two sons, Gary (Jan) Swartz and Glenn Swartz; three grandchildren, Jason (April) Swartz, Greg (Pam) Swartz, Kathy (Travis) Kersten; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to the staff at the Villa South Assisted Living facility and Christus Spohn Hospice for their special care and support in caring for Jimmy.
The Audubon Outdoor Club is hosting a Memorial Service at Hazel Bazemore County Park on October 15, Sunday, 2 p.m. Bring your memories and photos. Refreshments will be available.
Those who wish may make donations to the Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi in his memory.
Photo by Beth Hoekje.