Cdr. Matthew Clark Swanson USN (Ret), son of the late Sigurd V. and Clarice W. of New London, CT, passed away surrounded by family on June 22, 2018. He married Eleanor Johnson (deceased 2015), daughter of the late Victor S. and Ruth M. Johnson. They had three sons: Matthew of Supply, NC, Mark (deceased), and Luke of Virginia Beach, VA. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Christopher of St. Petersburg, FL, Caleb, Brandi, Jennifer, Jessica, Jackie, and Justine of Virginia Beach, VA. He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren: Rachel and Joseph of St. Petersburg, FL, Ethan, Christian, Lilly, Laila, Ellie, Edeana, Easton Luke, and Kinsley of Virginia Beach, VA. And
A graduate of Bulkeley High School, he went on to graduate the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point (B.S.) and George Washington University (M.S.). While in the Navy, attended the US Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. and the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
He served on the destroyer USS Hyman (DD 732); the submarines Hardhead (SS 365), Albacore (AGSS 569) and the Jallao (SS 368); the US Naval Staffs of Commander Submarine Force Atlantic, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force; and the NATO Staffs of Commander in Chief Western Atlantic and the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.
Upon retirement from the Navy, he made his home in Virginia Beach, Va. He worked for the Atlantic Analysis Corporation of Norfolk, VA. and Techplan Corporation of Washington, D.C.
Clark was an enthusiastic supporter of community sports programs, coaching teams in boys baseball, and football, winning three city championship basketball teams at midget, intermediate, and junior levels.
He was an ardent sailor and loved to cruise the coastal waters of the East Coast on his boat “Valhalla”.
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