Being part of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is more, much more, than simply doing business. Sure, we trade with each other, sometimes protecting our turf but more often than not we honestly care for each other. Over the years we've become more like family than an association. New members that join us can tell that right away. There is an honest respect and love for each other.
That's why the passing of our Immediate Past President Doug Swanson is so tough to take. Doug, from Abilene Machine has been with NTPDA for decades. He has served, faithfully, on the Board of Directors and recently took the job of Board President. We knew, when we were in Corpus Christi last month, that Doug was putting up a fight against the cancer that he would often say, "Just sucks". His fellow Board Members and attendees were all hopeful that he would pull through and get back at it.
That was not to be and sadly our friend passed away as the new month began. And, it hurts.
Today we remember his family, friends, co-workers at Abilene Machine and all who were touched by him, his story, his business and his laughter.
We don't know if it's like this with other associations but we know what it's like here.
A Celebration of Life will be Friday, February 9, 2018, from 4-8 p.m., at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St., Salina, KS
In lieu of flowers a card, message, blessing can be sent to Doug's daughter - Taylor Swanson, 1015 N. 9th, Salina, KS 67401
Please keep Doug's family, friends and everyone at Abilene Machine in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for being with NTPDA...
The photo (with Doug and Phyllis) is from our time together at a recent Annual Meeting and Trade Show. We will always remember.