Jason Wesley Swenson was born March 27, 1960, in Joliet, Ill., to Ronald and Mildred Swenson. He moved multiple times over the country and to Europe growing up, but the family settled in Houston, Texas, where he graduated high school. After trying out college Jason found himself joining the United State Marine Corps. After six years of service and the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing behind him, Jason ventured on to building, creating and entrepreneurship.
In 1991 Jason found himself with a fresh start in Gunnison, Colo. After three years of work and establishing himself he was told about the phenomenon of “The Internet.” In December of that year with little to no money in his pocket he launched Internet Colorado. This became the leading and longest running internet provider in the Gunnison Valley. He met the love of his life, Paula, in Gunnison and wed her in 1998 making this the biggest investment of his life. Together they started Internet Colorado, IC Connex, Swenson Rentals, and The Greenhouse that are still prosperous to this day.
Jason lived life large and pushed to the edge. There wasn’t a bet or deal he wouldn’t take ... especially on the golf course. He treasured his family, friends, pets, and his home in Gunnison. New lives entered his picture with the birth of his two granddaughters that recently dubbed him “Papa.” He did spoil them and would’ve continued to do so in the years to come.
He left this world too soon. He suffered a massive heart attack and passed away on Nov. 12, 2019.
Preceded in death by his father, Ron Swenson and survived by his mother Mildred Swenson. He is also survived by wife, Paula Swenson, son Joshua Payne, stepson Eric and Zephani Lee, granddaughters Chambers and Collins Lee, and stepson Tyler Lee. He is also survived by a multitude of family and extended family that is of Jay and Thelma “Toots” Jenkins.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 22 at the Dos Rios Golf Course at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name to GVAWL or any charity of your choice.