Marvin C. “Clark” Swanson, beloved husband and founder of OrangeBoy, Inc., passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 10, 2023.
Clark was born the eldest son of the late Marvin Swanson Sr. and Virginia (Mahan) Swanson in Joplin, Missouri, in 1959. His wife of 28 years, Sandra K. “Sandy” (Fox) Swanson, brother Michael “Brett” (Barbara) Swanson, and his sister Cindy Swanson survive him.
Clark attended Missouri Southern State University and the University of Central Missouri. He was an accomplished student and writer, having served as the MSSU newspaper’s editor-in-chief three times, which earned him induction into the Chart Hall of Fame as its 11th member in 2022.
Clark was a Senior Editor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and Principal Administrator at the Ohio Historical Foundation before founding OrangeBoy, Inc. in 1996. He grew his company – named after his beloved orange cat, Opie – from a humble startup to an internationally recognized data analytics firm providing customer intelligence and analytics software to public libraries and NGOs.
Clark loved and devoted himself to his wife, Sandy. In addition to growing and running a business together, they shared a love for art and mid-century modern furniture, amassing an extensive collection proudly displayed in their downtown Columbus home. Clark was also an avid marathon runner, travel road warrior, philanthropist, history lover and astrophysics enthusiast.
All who knew him will remember Clark’s impeccable dress, zeal for storytelling, and a natural curiosity about anyone he met. To highlight his introspective and inquisitive nature, this is an excerpt from Clark’s online journal dated February 13, 2023: “Strength-where does it come from? I suppose from the conviction of one’s belief. If you truly believe, then you possess the power to move forward.”
Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 20, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET at SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN, located at 229 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215. Guests are encouraged to wear Clark’s favorite color, orange. The family has requested donations to The Ohio State University Department of Astronomy https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/project/37054 and the Resurrection Catholic School https://www.rcskck.org/giving, in Kansas City, KS in lieu of flowers. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories and condolences.
Published by Schoedinger State Street – Midtown on Mar. 14, 2023.