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Karin Swanson
Nov 14, 1934 – July 2, 2021

Karin (Carlson) Swanson of McMinnville, Oregon, was born to Gustaf and Selma Carlson on Nov. 14, 1934, in Turlock, California. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at her home in McMinnville on July 2, 2021.  

In 1955 Karin married her high school sweetheart, Lynwood Swanson, also of Turlock, California. Eventually the couple moved to McMinnville, Oregon in 1961. Four children were added to the family, Gregory (Stephanie) of Forest Grove, Oregon, Camille (Ted Nyquist) of McMinnville Oregon, David (Monica) of Haleiwa, Hawaii and Jonathan of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren. Kaleb Nyquist, Karina Nyquist, Annika Nyquist, Aidan Nyquist, Josiah Swanson, Jonah Swanson, Luke Swanson, Levi Swanson, Madelyn Swanson, Parker Swanson, Mac Swanson and Cam Swanson. Karin was preceded in death by her brother, Darol Carlson of Century City, California; and survived by siblings Kristie Jones of Tucson, Arizona and Dean Carlson of Ceres, California.

After graduating from Turlock High School, Karin was employed as an administrative assistant at the Turlock Credit Bureau, at the American Trust Bank in Stockton, CA, and at the president’s office at the University of Chicago. 

After moving to McMinnville, Oregon, Karin had leadership roles in Young Life, Women’s Bible Study Fellowship and various church ministries.  Karin was a founding member of the McMinnville Covenant Church.  Karin enjoyed playing tennis, hiking, swimming in the summer and skiing or traveling to warmer climates in the winter. With her engaging smile and outgoing personality, Karin will be missed. 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 11th at the McMinnville Covenant Church.  Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of cards and flowers, to McMinnville Young Life. To leave condolences, visit