Michael Daniel Swing

1956 ~ 2022

Michael Daniel Swing died unexpectedly in his sleep on Sunday October 23, 2022. He was 66 years old. He held two bachelor’s degrees in Physics & Geology and two master’s degrees in Physics and Geophysics from the University of Utah. He was married to his late wife Cathy Chugg for 22 years and had 4 children. Following her passing, he married Sherri Haynes Dudley, who had 3 children and after 8 years of marriage, they welcomed the final member of the family, their son Soren.

Mike was an avid skier and outdoorsman, owned his own consulting company, was an Oracle ACE, and loved to travel, vacation, and be active with his family. Family was always the most important thing to Mike, and we will miss his incredible wisdom, inappropriate humor, obnoxious competitiveness, exhilarating (and often embellished) stories and his seemingly endless vault of knowledge. We will even miss his Norwegian sweaters and loafers, the constant extra side of butter, and his infectious laugh.

He is survived by his wife Sherri, his children, Jesse Swing, Sierra Swing, Jannicke Swing, Blaise Swing, Alie Dudley (Michael) Florence, Jesse Dudley, Mitchell Dudley, and Soren Swing; his grandchildren, Michael (MJ), Lieuwe (Leo), Carter, Brooklyn, and Lucas; his siblings Sandy Swing, Pam (Tom) Noonan, Daniel (Merritt) Harrell; and his birth mother Jean Harrell. Mike was preceded in death by his first wife Cathy, his parents Herbert and Marie “Joan” Swing, his birth father Daniel Harrell, his birth sister Suzanne.

The Funeral service will be held at the Jeremy Ranch Church, 3010 Lower Saddleback Rd, Park City, UT 84098 on Saturday October 29 at 12 PM. Friends can meet with the family before the services from 10:00-11:30 AM. Interment to follow in the Park City Cemetery.

For those who wish to view the recording of the services may do so here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/avgov0BOrVN0q4aVOwaRZwPNp1QN5TtduSSP1PwpGRaaciAbGuEEEIecC-MtXKn-.HyNZjwu7JMyCs8G6?startTime=1667064856000
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Our hearts hurt for your family. Know that we are praying for all of you as you grieve the loss of Mike. Allison

- Allison Page (Barfield)

Hi Sherri & family , We are sorry to hear about Mike .
Our thoughts & Prayers are with all of you .
Love from Marcia , Aunt Iris , Uncle David , Lorna , Ken & All of their families .

- Marcia

I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My heart aches with yours. Loosing someone you love is so hard. You have had so much losses in your life already. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you can feel some comfort from your family and friends.

- Deanne Gough

Sherri, we are sad to hear of Mike’s passing. We are away on a trip and cannot attend the services and we are sad to miss it. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers for your peace and comfort. With love, Val and Nancy

- Val and Nancy Swenson


I just can’t believe this news and I am so sorry to hear it. You have had so much adversity … My heart hurts for you and yours. Please know your are in our hearts and thoughts. We will be with you… Love and hugs… Terri, Amberly, Tausha and Tod.

- Terri Scoville

Many fond memories of Mike from years ago. I wish we would have kept in better contact. The time we did see Mike it was always fun and felt like time hadn’t passed since our last visit. Sending our love and condolences at this tender time. May you find peace in your memories and know that we love you..
Susie and Kerry

- Susie Johnson

Please accept our condolences Sherri! It’s been quite awhile since we connected but we are so shocked and saddened by your loss.

Mike was always great to be around, with a quick story or lesson about Oracle. I really appreciated some of his teachings and still carry them today!

We’ll keep you and your family in our prayers! And, perhaps more importantly, we’ll make sure Mike is remembered!

- Lon White

We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Mike's death. Our visit last May, where we snacked, hiked, and dined out together was so joyous - and we hold it in our precious memories. Years ago Mike won the Pole Peddle Paddle relay triathlon together with my late brother Scott Johnson and one other athlete. May Mike rest in peace, and we send our most sincere condolences to Sherrie and all, from The Netherlands.

- Julie Johnson & Lieuwe Kingma

The National Brotherhood of Skiers send our condolences to the Swing family. We wish the Family peace and Love.

- Henri D. Rivers III

So sorry to hear about Mike's untimely passing. We are out of town and can't make the memorial service, but our thoughts and best wishes are with the family who will miss him most.

- David and Karie Bird

So very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Praying for peace for you and your lovely family. He was always fun to tease with throughout the years . I miss you, and if there is anything I can do to help or make things easier, please let me know. I can say that I know exactly what you are going through, because I just lost my husband as well. Hugs to you and God Bless.

- Doreen Kouri

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet husband. Death is something that you know a lot about . We do not understand out trials. Hold close to your loved ones and know of our love and concern for you and yours
Doran and Shirley Perry

- Shirley Perry

I am sorry for your great loss.
Please note we will remember you in our prayers .
Love ya

- Carolyn Flexhaug

In loving memory from the Danish family.
Love Julie and Claes

- Claes Kaergaard

We are so surprised to hear about Mike's passsing. Last May, we were hiking with him in Park City and we could not imagine what would happen. Sherri, our thoughts are with you and your family.

- Yuh-Fen and Luc Hostein

Oh my hell. Another dear friend lost. Most of my Mike Swing stories are from before he found organized religion which was about the time I lost mine, so in respect to his family I won’t share some of them. Mike was brilliant and crazy. He had a lust for life and adventure and fondly recall his infectious joy skiing powder on 9990 before it was The Canyons. RIP dear friend and love to your family.

- Tom Smart

Please accept our most sincere and deepest condolences. Our hearts are sickened. Mike was always so kind and fun. Our family thought the world of him and loved his kind humor. Please know you are all in our hearts and prayers.

- James and Anne Dudley

Our prayers & condolences to the Swing & Dudley families during this trial time. May Mike Rest In Peace!

Hoang Family

- Twain Hoang

Un abrazo sincero a toda la familia y mucha fortaleza a todos y todas por tan lamentable perdida.

- Ronald Vargas Q, ACED Costa Rica

Swing family,

Michael was a joy to talk with over the years. Though we would meet and run into each other only a couple times a year, he always had a smile and was gracious and that is what I hope to continue to bring forward to others that I appreciated from Michael, God Bless my friend, and you his family!


- Phil Rodas

Oh Sherri, we are so saddened to hear of your sweet husbands passing. You have had so much heartache! Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Many (((hugs))) ❤️❤️
Wayne & Vivian Miller

- Vivian Miller


We are so sorry about the passing of Mike. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lucy, Chris and the girls.

- The Best Family

I knew Mike from technical conferences and Faux Oak Table (Foak Table) after conference post RMOUG Training Days extravaganzas. I'll miss Mike. Even though we only saw each other very occasionally and never actually did a contract together, we never had a bad time when the occasion to be together occurred. He helped a lot of folks through difficult technical challenges and was a credit to our community with his pro bono contributions.

And Mike was patient with my lack of expertise skiing, which puts him a small club!

My condolences to all his survivors.

- Mark W. Farnham

Mike and I met almost 30 years ago at work near Dallas Texas. Mike felt a little over his head with a project he was on, and no wonder because the people there were insane, and the insanity flowed from the top. I was able to corroborate to Mike that he wasn't insane or going insane, which I think helped.

I recall the head honcho on that engagement stood with Mike and I at the end of a long hallway of offices where software developers were working, and he said, in a voice like a preacher on television, that "he wanted to cleanse those offices of all those useless programmers and replace them with lawyers". He was saying that he was sick and tired of building systems (and he wasn't wrong that they were building garbage), and now he just wanted to buy fully-built systems and use all those lawyers to sue the vendors for changes instead. He looked at Mike and I and he smiled, and the thoughts bouncing in my head were "crazy person crazy person" but I apparently managed to keep my face expressionless.

I looked at Mike and saw the same expressionless expression, and I knew I would like that guy. And so we became friends.

My life got really complicated a few years later with marital problems and Mike was there for me. Throughout all these problems I was concerned for my two children, and Mike laughed and shared the story of one of his teenagers yelling at him. "You don't care about us! You only care about yourself!" they screamed. "No, that's not true! Everything I do is for you and your brothers and sisters! All my time away from home is work, so I can provide for you all." They yelled back at him, "You don't care about us! All you REALLY care about is skiing!", which struck home. Mike said he started to respond, stuttering a bit, said, "Well... um... well yeah, that's true! But everything else is all about you! My whole life is about you!" I needed some of that, because I was killing myself trying to be everything to everyone. Mike showed me it was important to be everything to everyone, but you were still yourself with your own preferences. That really helped, and that is what friends are all about.

Over the past 12 years or so, we've drifted apart, and I regret that today. But I always hold Mike in my heart as a close friend. Best wishes, my friend.

- Tim Gorman

Swing Family,
I knew Mike from my now ex-husband, Chris Auwerda and their skiing buddies. They would ski like crazy guys together. Always going for the deep powder and the highest peak. Mike had wild curly blond hair and a loud laugh. While his wife, Cathy, worked at the telephone company at nights, Mike would come and hang out at our house when he was tending Jesse, who had the same blonde hair but it was straight and cut into a Dutch boy style. When Sierra was born Cathy asked me to tend her a few times during the week. Then the Smarts had me tend their Sierra also. By this time Nathan, my son, was born and I had the three littles playing together. What a joy they were together. Mike and Cathy would have us to their home for dinner. Cathy was the level-head to Mike. We played cards and laughed and adjusted to being new parents together. A year or so ago my son, Nathan, was at a work event and Mike came up and asked him if he knew Chris. It was so random that Nathan met his dad's old friend and skiing buddy. I am sad that both Cathy and Mike are gone and hope the Swing children have fond memories of both their dad and mom. They were both wonderful people who loved life and each other.
Linda Volmer Auwerda

- Linda Volmer Auwerda