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Deacon Gary McSwain

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

1942- August 15, 2021

Deacon Gary Richard McSwain, 78, who served for many years at St. Pius X Parish in Coeur d’Alene and was also director of Deacon Life and Ministry for the Diocese of Boise from 2005-12, died on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife Lillian, and his family. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 625 E. Haycraft Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. Deacon McSwain was known for his heart of service, integrity, and dependability, his quiet humor, and his love and commitment to his family. His reputation as a good listener and a wise counselor was appreciated by his family, friends, and colleagues.

See the Aug. 27 issue of the Idaho Catholic Register to read more about Deacon McSwain.

An obituary also appears on the website for the Yates Funeral Home at

The family is asking that instead of flowers, memorial donations be made to Sacred Heart Mission, 149 Byrnes Ave, De Smet, ID 83824.

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