Brandon "Yellow Bird" Swain was born on June 24, 1981 and passed away suddenly on Sept. 10, 2011 in San Francisco. Brandon was the oldest of five children. As a child, Brandon enjoyed spending time with his family, riding three-wheelers and bicycles and enjoyed being outdoors. Brandon enjoyed researching and learning about his Native American heritage and also had a passion for music and enjoyed writing lyrics. Family and friends will forever miss Brandon's beautiful eyes, smile and kind soul. Brandon will be truly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
Brandon is survived by his father, Gerald Swain and wife Jessica of Junction City; mother Marti Kelly of Reno; sisters Linnea Haycock and husband Tim of Fortuna, Shyanne Swain of Junction City; brothers Dustin and Tyler Swain of Junction City; niece Taylin Haycock of Fortuna; grandparents Steve and Carol Swain of Fortuna; uncles Don Swain of Washington, Scott Swain and Taj of Weaverville; especially close aunt, Sherry McDonald and husband Phil of Fortuna; cousin and partner-in-crime Shaun Bagley and son Kolby of Fortuna; other cousins including Shayla Verbich and husband Mike and sons, Dylan and Braydan of Fortuna, Shelsey McDonald, Chris Swain, Cassie Swain and Kenny Swain. Brandon leaves behind many more relatives and special friends. Brandon is preceded in death by his grandmother Beverly "Jeanie" Swain, cousin Steven Swain and more.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I have gone to be with my grandma Jeanie. If parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Sunrise Cemetery, off of Newburg Road in Fortuna.