SEATTLE - John Wilson Caswell was born June 22, 1963, in Eugene, Ore., to Robert Wynne Caswell and Benecia Arlene Caswell. He died in Seattle on Dec. 23, 2002, at age 39. His namesake was his great-great-grandfather, Portland pioneer, merchant, book collector and philanthropist, John Wilson.
Mr. Caswell moved with his family to Portland, Ore., then to Seattle. He attended schools in Seattle, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way in 1981. He served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He attended Brigham Young University, and also served in the United States Army in Germany and Hawaii.
He enjoyed surfing, cooking, skiing, playing cards, and debating politics. While caring for his ill and recuperating grandparents, his grandmother Patty described him as "kind, gentle, and generous". He had an infectious smile and was fun to be around.
Left to mourn his passing is wife, Marie; mother Benecia Arlene Miller Caswell, of Seattle; father, Robert W. Caswell and wife Marilyn, of Ocean Park; grandmother Patricia (Patty) Miller, Portland, Ore.; sisters Victoria Cirone Martinez, of Mesa, Ariz., and Christin Harding and husband Kevin, of Albany, Ore.; brother, Robert Macey Caswell and wife Moira of Auburn; nieces, Jennifer Cirone Smith and husband Grant, Jami Cirone Ryhlick and husband Brandon, Alicia Cirone Messerli and husband Charles, Catherine Williams, Jessica Harding, Jocelyn Harding, Emily Harding, Aubrey Caswell, Danielle Caswell, and Brooke Caswell; nephews, Christian Martinez, and Collin Caswell; grand-nieces Kamora Ryhlick and Sabrina Smith; grand-nephew Cody Messerli; step-brothers David Bell and wife Sandy and children; Robert Bell and children; and Julie Terry and husband Scott, and children.
A memorial service is being held at the family beach house in Long Beach, where he and his family have many fond memories.