Jett Todd Swetland, 23 of Sparta died Monday, March 16, 2020 tragically from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Friday, March 13th in Mount Olive, North Carolina.
He was born on December 16, 1996 in Westerville to Todd R. and Sondra (Coomes) Swetland of Sparta.
A beloved son, brother, friend, and teammate, he was an aspiring grain farmer and cattle rancher who was easy to befriend. Always an outdoorsman with ambition and excitement for life, he was gifted with charisma and charm.
Jett graduated from Highland High School in 2015, where he excelled in both baseball and basketball, wearing the #32 jersey. Jett received many awards and recognition for both baseball and basketball during his time at Highland, however he most proud of holding Highland’s record of All Time Leading Scorer and Rebounder. Jett also was a member of FFA where he earned his American FFA Degree.
He began his collegiate baseball career at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida where he was voted an All-Conference Player. He played his junior year at South Eastern University in Lakeland, Florida. During his senior season he played for the University of Mount Olive and anticipated graduation this coming December with a Degree in Business Management.
While finishing his Bachelor’s Degree, he returned home to the Sparta farmstead to assist his father with the operation of the Swetland family farm. He was also currently a varsity assistant coach for the Highland High School baseball team.
Jett favored the infield’s third and first base, but would willingly play any position asked. Throughout his life he played with numerous teams and clubs. He played summer ball with the Ozarks Generals Baseball Club of Springfield, Missouri and for three summers with the Champion City Kings in Springfield, Ohio. Jett loved summer baseball because it was a chance to continuously improve his skills while being surrounded by those dedicated to the game.
Service minded he choose to give back to those communities and college hometowns by visiting hospitals and helping those less fortunate. He also treasured time spent mentoring and coaching youth and college camps for baseball and basketball. Jett encourage young athletes to become better in all facets of their lives. A man of faith, Jett was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and enjoyed their meetings, activities, and comradery. Jett had a desire and strived for everyone to be their best, on the field or court, and most importantly in life.
Jett loved food, especially his mother’s cooking. He was known as an excellent baker and master of the barbecue grill. Although his mother’s recipe, his home baked chocolate chip cookies where infamous on the college campus, shared with teammates and friends.
Always with an incredibly big smile he was known to give the biggest and best hugs, he loved to be with his family creating special memories with them. Jett had a passion for hunting, scoring a 15 point buck this past deer season with his bow. Jett will be remembered for his kind generous ways, his large heart, and warm smile.
In addition to his parents Todd and Sondra, he is also survived by his two older sisters: Celia and Adriane Swetland, who described him as the “Best Brother”, paternal grandmother Esther Swetland of Sparta, maternal grandparents John and Barbara Coomes of Marengo, girlfriend Amber McCarthy of Havelock, NC, aunts, uncles, cousins, countless best friends, coaches, teammates, and host family.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert Swetland.
Jett would never miss a moment to show he cared, often parting ways with his friends and family with the words, “I Love You Man”.
The community mourns the loss of this young man of character and athleticism, graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Bloomfield Cemetery, 796 Co Rd 204, Centerburg, Ohio 43011. While the pandemic cannot shelter tears, for your health and safety, and that of the Swetland family, social distancing will be observed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jett Swetland Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1, Sparta, Ohio 43350
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