Obituary for the Honorable Judge Byron L Swedberg

Byron Swedberg, age 84, passed away in Bellingham on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019. He was born October 15, 1934 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Oscar and Mildred Swedberg. Byron was captivated by the Pacific Northwest as a child while on a trip with his Aunt Ruth to visit his Uncle Paul at his cabin on Whidbey Island. He vowed to head west after finishing college. He graduated from Drake University in 1956 and married his college sweetheart, Shirley Hague, on August 22, 1959 in Iowa. Byron graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1962 with the support of Shirley, who taught elementary school in Seattle. Byron went on to practice law in Bellingham for seven years until he was appointed to the Whatcom County Superior Court by Governor Dan Evans. He served as a justice from 1971-93. He was active in the Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, Jaycees, the Hobby Club, and sat on the board of the Salvation Army. Byron also served as president of the Boy Scouts of America Mount Baker Council and was proud that both of his sons became Eagle Scouts. Byron was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Harty, of Salem OR. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Shirley, sons Scott (wife Jeannie) of Selah, WA, and Steve (wife Nicole) of Seattle, grandchildren, Nate and Chloe, nieces Kirsten, Gretchen, Sonja, and Linnea, and many loving relatives and friends. Byron lived a life of honor, loyalty and had a great sense of humor. His rich character will never fade from our memories. Although his presence in our lives is deeply missed, the legacy that he built throughout his life continues to live on in us, and this way he will never truly leave us. A memorial service will be held at Westford Funeral Home on Saturday, August 3rd at 11 AM. A reception will follow across the street at Westford’s Broadway Hall.

Annual Four County Golf Tournament & Dinner

Skagit – Whatcom – Island – San Juan Bar Associations

Golf Tournament & Dinner

Avalon Golf Links, 19345 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233.
An annual event for bar association members and friends, golfers and non-golfers alike, for more than 50 years.
Date: August 16, 2019
Registration deadline: August 13, 2019

The Tournament
Registration will begin at 12:00 PM.
Tee times will begin at 1:00 PM.
You may make your own group or we will make up foursomes from players who enter individually.  This is a team scramble.

Social Hour and Dinner
A no-host bar will be open from 5:30 PM, with dinner following approximately at 6:30 PM.

The Dress Code
Collared shirts, golf shorts, or other appropriate attire.

Player Registration:
Register a team of 4 people or a single person.
Golf + Dinner is $100.00 per person, $400.00 per team of 4
Dinner Only is $35.00 (please select your preference between steak and salmon)
The Value Pack Add On (includes 2 mulligans, entry into longest drive and closest to the pin, and 5 raffle tickets) is an additional $25.00

Sponsorship Opportunities:
All proceeds of sponsorship opportunities to benefit the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Cart Sponsorship – $1,500

Sponsor recognition on every cart, recognition at dinner and on tournament materials.

Dinner Sponsorship – $1,000

Sponsor recognition at dinner and on tournament materials.

Team Sponsorship – $700

Includes green fees and carts for foursome, sponsor recognition at a designated hole, and recognition at dinner and on tournament materials.

Hole Sponsorship – $300

Sponsor recognition and company representative (optional) at designated hole.
Make Sponsorship checks payable to Skagit County Bar Association and mail them to: GLP Attorneys, 1854 S Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233.
Please include Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program in the memo line.
Questions or concerns about this event, please contact Sarah Fleming at or 360-342-6949.