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“Jason was the man, the guy who saved Rock and roll in west michigan. He helped one of my band out back in the day, a total sweetheart. My condolences...Read More »
1 of 77 | Posted by: Daniel Mora - Grand Rapids, MI

“RIP Swanson ”
2 of 77 | Posted by: Rob - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend

“jason did copious amounts of good things for music in this city. i spent years with him doing crappy load in's in the middle of winter.. we would...Read More »
3 of 77 | Posted by: rex - grand rapids, MI - friend

“We became acquainted with Jason from the ten times that our band Tricks played at Gun Lake Casino with Jason running sound for us. He was always very...Read More »
4 of 77 | Posted by: Rick Dutkiewicz - Allegan, MI

“Jason's funeral was intense and beautiful like him. I am so glad I was able to make it. It was good for my soul. Still can't stop the tears. See...Read More »
5 of 77 | Posted by: Angie Schaab - arvada, CO

“I was so very sorry to hear of Jason's passing. A good guy taken much too young. ”
6 of 77 | Posted by: Diana Lamphiere - Grand Rapids, MI

“Sue, my heart is broken for you and your beautiful son. May you take comfort in knowing Jason was a truely good person, ambitious, talented and...Read More »
7 of 77 | Posted by: Jodi Smith- Longoria - Kentwood, MI

“Jason is going to be missed so much! We are so sorry to see him go. We will keep Sue & the rest of Jason's family in our pray's. ”
8 of 77 | Posted by: Sera Bourdo & Brian Schichtel - MI

“We will always remember Jason's beautiful smile,warm and caring spirit.We will miss him at the Pow-Wow and Gun Lake Casino will never be the same...Read More »
9 of 77 | Posted by: Patrick & Yvonne Kelly - MI

“Jason always had a smile for everone . i don't rember jason ever not smileing . last time i went to Grand Rapids i seen Jason and frist thing he had...Read More »
10 of 77 | Posted by: Moose - Branch, MI

“Jason brought love to the world through his lifelong dedication to music. A soundman has the ability to spread live to the masses and he dedicated...Read More »
11 of 77 | Posted by: Marirose Clingman - grand rapids, MI

“We will always remember Jason's beautiful smile,warm and caring spirit.We will miss him at the Pow-Wow and Gun Lake Casino will never be the same...Read More »
12 of 77 | Posted by: Patrick & Yvonne Kelly - MI

“My deepest condolences go out to Sue and the rest of the Swanson family. I hope you find strength in numbers through the family and friends who stand...Read More »
13 of 77 | Posted by: Jeff Z - grand rapids, MI

“I am Dennis and Danny Newell's mom. I am so sorry for your loss. My boys loved this young man so much. ”
14 of 77 | Posted by: LindaVos - Curtis, MI - A Mom.

“I am so sorry for your loss. He was always kind and fun to work with. Jason had a wonderful laugh!!! I wish you peace and strength for both you and...Read More »
15 of 77 | Posted by: Alanna Hart-VanTil - Grand Rapids, MI

“So many memories to write about. Can't think of any in particular to write about other than we were always there for eachother, our families, and our...Read More »
16 of 77 | Posted by: Danny Newell - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jason has a way of making life worth living, with music as with life, in fond memories! ”
17 of 77 | Posted by: John E Payne - Kalamazoo, MI

“The news of Jason's passing was such a shock to the system it took me a few hours to even gather my thoughts enough to tell Melodi about it. Like...Read More »
18 of 77 | Posted by: Kerry Leigh - Allendale, MI

“Jason was blessed with character and charisma. His love for life was shared with those whom he met. His smile was contagious. I will miss our...Read More »
19 of 77 | Posted by: Virginia Sprague - Wayland, MI

“Jason, you were a beautiful spirit with an infectious smile. I always enjoyed our conversations; You had such a positive effect on everyone you...Read More »
20 of 77 | Posted by: Lisa Whitaker - Plainwell, MI

“Man best sound guy I know! RIP you were good dude! ”
21 of 77 | Posted by: Jamykal Short - Louisville, KY

“Jason, you were an amazing father, husband, brother, son and friend. Whatever measure of comfort we have, it is through the strength and joy you had...Read More »
22 of 77 | Posted by: Dianne

“Im very saddened to hear of jasons passing. Whenever we saw each other at pow wows or events we always had grest conversations, laughs, and memories...Read More »
23 of 77 | Posted by: Hunter Genia - mt.pleasant, MI

“I was stunned to hear of Jason's death, I didn't know him well but saw him at many gigs either playing since the mid 90's in Grand Rapids or behind...Read More »
24 of 77 | Posted by: Dave Jones - Wyoming, MI - Friend

“Jason had a beautiful, gentle heart. I knew him through the local music scene. Every time my band played at the casino, his radiating smile and...Read More »
25 of 77 | Posted by: Melodi - Allendale, MI - friend

“You will be missed my friend. Your knowledge of music, lust for life, love of family and giving of self were all gifts to the world. Go in peace my...Read More »
26 of 77 | Posted by: Matt Szymanski - MI - Friend

“Rest peacefully, are a great soul and left good memories on this trip. Safe journey on the next level....... ”
27 of 77 | Posted by: Pete Dunning - Grand Rapids, MI

“No matter how many needs and wants were being barked out by band members, agents, club owners, bartenders, bar backs, bouncers, or show goers at...Read More »
28 of 77 | Posted by: Leslie Grossman - Davenport, IA

“Dear Bob & Denise, Sue & Cameron, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of deep and unexpected sadness. May your family be blessed...Read More »
29 of 77 | Posted by: Steve and Donna Swanson - Allegan, MI

“I am so sorry to hear about your lost. Jason was such a friendly person and would talk to anyone. He was so proud of participating at the President's...Read More »
30 of 77 | Posted by: Ron Pawloski - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jason Swanson was a great friend. I have been trying to write this for days and cannot come up with words to express the sorrow I feel for all the...Read More »
31 of 77 | Posted by: Nina Vizard - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jason, you were one of my favorite people in the whole world. I'll never forget all of the good times and conversations we had at Billy's when I was...Read More »
32 of 77 | Posted by: Gabrial James Lundy - MI - Friend

“Thank you so much Jason for everything you did for me personally, and for my band. We were given more than our fair share of opportunity by you and I...Read More »
33 of 77 | Posted by: Troy Middlecamp - Grandville, MI

“When you approached me at the Attic I didn't like you much. I was the manager of the Attic and also booked the bands with Steve. Loved your wife when...Read More »
34 of 77 | Posted by: Deb Averill - Sparta, MI - friend

“Oh Jason. You were always such a good friend to me. We had such good times together. Fellow music lovers and disdainful of the idiocy in music. You...Read More »
35 of 77 | Posted by: Tim Pratt - San Francisco, CA

“all the times we spent at saugatuck as kids, sleeping in front of debs (my second mom) trailer in a tent and sneeking out and staying up till 6-7 in...Read More »
36 of 77 | Posted by: James Donovan - Spokane, WA

“Jason was a sweet sweet person that I have known for many years. Wish I could have more contact with him! RIP friend ”
37 of 77 | Posted by: Sam bischoff - Wyoming, MI

“I've known Jason for a decade now. Whether he was helping my first band get shows at the old intersection, or telling us our tone sucked, or (later...Read More »
38 of 77 | Posted by: Mike Hafer - Wyoming, MI

“Jason was always a pleasure to deal with and the picture of integrity in the many years that I and my agency dealt with him in the music business. I...Read More »
39 of 77 | Posted by: Michael Kelley - Kingwood, TX

“Ian, My truest and deep condolences go out to you and yours for this tragic event. I know the pain is permanent but so are your other relationships....Read More »
40 of 77 | Posted by: LaTossah Zeilstra - Kalamazoo, MI

“I remember so far back, so many memories. Living on College St and the late night talks on religion, you convincing me GR was the only place I...Read More »
41 of 77 | Posted by: Amy Topp (Quitmeyer) - MI

“Thinking back to the times we had will be remembered for a lifetime. You will be thought of often in the remainder of my life. My condolences to the...Read More »
42 of 77 | Posted by: Chad patton - San Francisco, CA

“Oh heart goes out to you and your family!!!!! so many good shows etc..... i will be praying for you in this time!!! ”
43 of 77 | Posted by: Damian Wildfong - Tampa, FL

“My heart felt instantly heavy when I heard of Jason's passing. My condolences go out to Sue and her son and the rest of Jason's family. I will always...Read More »
44 of 77 | Posted by: Spencer Blickley - Grand Rapids, MI

“Far too young. He was talented beyond his years in both music and life. His contagious laugh and his smile will be missed. GR is a little less bright...Read More »
45 of 77 | Posted by: Anna & Grey - Grand Rapids, MI

“I can hear Jason's laugh, and that makes me smile. He was constantly suggesting new music to me...some that turned into favorites. I have him to...Read More »
46 of 77 | Posted by: Angie Laug - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jason, you will truly be missed. You were just awesome to have gotten to know! There will be music to be played in heaven! And if music be the food...Read More »
47 of 77 | Posted by: sodaira courtright - wyoming, MI

“I think music was a window to his soul. You will be missed. Chuck has a good drummer to jam with. ”
48 of 77 | Posted by: Ann Godfrey

“I was so sorry to hear this news. Jason was a GR music scene rock star. I have such vivid memories of him spanning from the 90s until now. I...Read More »
49 of 77 | Posted by: Sarah Keen - Grand Rapids, MI

“BamaPii my friend ”
50 of 77 | Posted by: kathy-colleen moore - wayland, MI

“I was very humbled as I heard the news of Jason's passing and shook my head as he was taken from us way too soon. On the bright side, I know he is...Read More »
51 of 77 | Posted by: Ron Clause - Kentwood to all over, MI


n/a “I remember Jason being a huge impact on the local music scene in Grand Rapids back in the 90's. He got me and other musician friends Awesome Gigs and...Read More »
53 of 77 | Posted by: Enemencio Placencia - MI

“Young Jason was very inspiring in each meeting we had. The most recent was the Gathering of Potawatomi Nations in Athens, MI. It was here that this...Read More »
54 of 77 | Posted by: Buddy, Carrie, and Henry Medawis - TX

“My sympathies and condolences to Jason's family and friends.Jason was the easy going guy that always had a smile on his face and would end up putting...Read More »
55 of 77 | Posted by: David Braun - Jenison, MI

“We will miss Jason so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend. ”
56 of 77 | Posted by: The band - CP2 - Mancelona, MI

“Such a loss for everyone. I'm so sorry for your loss of this incredible person. Organic is the word that comes to mind when I think of Jason. I hope...Read More »
57 of 77 | Posted by: Sarah Wager Mlejnek - Alto, MI

“Jason, you are such a beautiful soul. You will be missed by all that had the privilege to meet you. I remember our talk on Wednesday about your...Read More »
58 of 77 | Posted by: Betty Davis - Grand Rapids, MI

“Our smpathy and love to Sue and her family. We shall miss Jason very much, and especially his kindness to our son Jim, but also for his wonderful...Read More »
59 of 77 | Posted by: Lynn and Mary Donovan - MI

“I haven't seen or talked to Jason in a long, long time, but I will always remember him very fondly. He was so talented and fun and the world will be...Read More »
60 of 77 | Posted by: Kendal Conley - Portland, OR

“We are very saddened and lonely without Jason. He was a presence in our lives that can never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing him with us ”
61 of 77 | Posted by: Suzi Williams - hopkins, MI

“THNKU for touching our hearts so deeply. We only met you a few weeks ago in DC...But it was an honor...You spoke to my daughter with your heart.....Read More »
62 of 77 | Posted by: Lil Miss Arrow Lakes and Family - UT

“I am sending and have been sending prayers! You will be missed by so many Jason. Baamaapii My Friend. ”
63 of 77 | Posted by: Kelly Veenstra - Grand Rapids, MI

“My prayers are with you Sue and Cameron. I loved Jason very much and pray his journey has only just begun. My heart aches for you and your family....Read More »
64 of 77 | Posted by: Leslie Tiff - Grand Rapids, MI

“My thoughts are with you Sue & with Cameron. ”
65 of 77 | Posted by: Wendy VanTil

“Our Prayers are with your family during this time! ”
66 of 77 | Posted by: Marilyn Cherrone - Lakeville, IN

“thoughts and prayers are with you my friend, and for your family...may your legacy carry on for many generations. ”
67 of 77 | Posted by: chad teague - shelbyville, MI

“my heart goes out to his family, friends, wife and children. Jason shared such great spirits and loved his culture. Jason is a.beautiful and...Read More »
68 of 77 | Posted by: amy rae hawke - wayland, MI

“Payers to your family. You will be missed ”
69 of 77 | Posted by: Merry Cizauskas

“I miss you so much already. Our son says "it's ok mom, we will take care each other," our little manitou nodn is wise in so many ways! A giant hole...Read More »
70 of 77 | Posted by: Susan Swanson - Grand Rapids, MI

“I will miss our was my pleasure to be your sounding board...we had many deep discussions and many laughable moments.../bama my friend ”
71 of 77 | Posted by: Lori Shustha - Grand Rapids, MI

“I was glad we got to meet at the Vet's pow wow this fall. Our sons,little did they know they were cousins, found each other & became fast friends. I...Read More »
72 of 77 | Posted by: bedahbin webkamigad - MI - cousin

“You will always be in our hearts no matter where you are and your smile and laughter will always be with us. Have a good journey. Love you Uncle and...Read More »
73 of 77 | Posted by: Ron and Patricia Komondy - MI

“I'm so sorry for Jason's family's loss. My prayers are with all who were touched by his life. ”
74 of 77 | Posted by: Charity Lyle - Howard City, MI

Love ya Jason. “This poem is to honor Jason, One of the finest young men I've known. ...Read More »
75 of 77 | Posted by: steven naganashe-perry - MI

“Jason, I feel like I was just getting to know you better. You will be missed. Susan, Cameron, Bob and Glenn, my heart goes out to all of you. I am...Read More »
76 of 77 | Posted by: Amy - Dorr, MI

“Our sincere sympathy to Jason's family. We didn't know him long, but the few times we worked with him...he was a great soundman...very pleasant and...Read More »
77 of 77 | Posted by: Billy Sloan - Portage, MI - Band

SWANSON – Mr. Jason A. Swanson, aged 41 of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his mother, Deb Muller. Surviving are his wife, Sue; son, Cameron; father, Bob (Denise) Swanson; brothers, Aaron Swanson, Ian Swanson, Bram Swanson; sisters, Ariel Swanson, Allegra Swanson; stepfather, Glenn Muller; grandmothers, Audrey Scalice and Regina Swanson; Sue's parents, Dianne Martinez-Balent and Paul C. (Maureen) Sweet; brother and sisters-in-law, James (Elizabeth) Sweet, Theresa Sweet; many aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. Jason was a member of the Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and a board member of the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission. Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon Monday, February 11 at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave. The family will greet relatives and friends Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 PM. Interment Bradley Indian Mission Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stegenga Funeral Chapel for a trust to be established for Cameron.

*For those wishing to help with a meal contribution, please sign up on the meal scheduler on the Take Them A Meal website ( Search by last name Swanson, password 4382. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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