Tom passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on August 10, 2023. He grew up in Flat Rock, Michigan where he was captain of his high school track team. Tom graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Tom left Ford Motor Company in the Mid-1970s, relocating to Los Alamos, New Mexico. He specialized in optics and laser technology at Los Alamos National Labs and left to become a serial entrepreneur. He received an MBA from the University of New Mexico and founded Optomec Design, an additive manufacturing company in Albuquerque NM. He consulted in Optical-Mechanics and government contracting for many years.
Tom was also the Financial Director of Bonanza Conventions, Inc. which hosted several Bonanza TV western conventions at Lake Tahoe over a ten year period. Tom went on to help restore Ponderosa II, Lorne Greene’s former home in Mesa, Arizona. He and his wife Louise hosted Bonanza fans for four additional events at Ponderosa II between 2013 and 2019.
Tom was an accomplished Optical-Mechanical Engineer. His life’s work led him from designing chassis for Ford Motor Company to designing lunar landing experiments for Apollo 17. Through all of this far reaching work he never forgot his love for family and his Bonanza Community.
Tom is survived by his wife Louise, daughter Jennifer Swann Von Boetticher and son Andrew Swann.
No services are planned. A donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Tom’s name.