David Sweatt passed away on March 10, 2014 in the beauty of the desert that he loved under a clear night sky with millions of stars to guide his journey home. David was an avid hiker, photographer, off-road ridge runner and disc golfer. He was also a talented programmer and lover of music with an encyclopedic knowledge of American music and a special love for New Orleans and Delta Blues. He shared this knowledge on local radio station KTIM on his show Dixielands.
David was born in Mobile, Alabama on March 6, 1970 where got his love for the Gulf Coast, the music of the region and all things Mardi Gras. He earned both Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Information Technology from the University of South Alabama, where he worked for several years after graduation and was previously a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army.
It was during his time in the Army where he served at Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert that he found is love for the beauty, color and wide open spaces of the desert southwest and devoted his time to exploring as much of it as he could.
David’s journey since leaving Mobile lead him to IT jobs for colleges in Texas, Utah, the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and most recently as IT Analyst for the State of Utah Board of Education.
David leaves behind a wife Carol Bold and a young son Eli Sage Sweatt of St. George, a son David Troi Sweatt of Florida, a daughter Rhiannon Daphnei Sweatt of Alabama, her fiancé John Lipscomb and their daughter Elleahna Lipscomb. He is also survived by his mother Verna Lee Retherford of Panama City, his father David Eugene Sweatt of Irvington, Alabama, and many siblings and cousins, primarily on the Gulf Coast.
He is in the thoughts and prayers of family and friends who all grieve his passing.
- Memorial services will be held in Mobile, Alabama and Saint George, Utah.
- His Saint George family welcomes all who were touched by his life to a memorial service to be held on Saturday, March 29, at noon at 361 North Main, where we will remember, mourn and celebrate Dave’s unique spirit.