Steve Beard, Woodstock's football coach from 2003 to 2014, had Swartout as a teacher and coach. He remembers Swartout for his passion in the classroom and on the football field.
"It was almost superhero-like how much energy and pride and work he put into his job," Beard said. "He had an ability to make things better just because his name was attached to it. When he retired, he said, 'How can I help the Blue Streaks?' He set a standard for what I believe coaching and teaching is about.
"He had a real funness about him. He had a fun energy in the way he taught. One of his sayings in the classroom was, 'Bio is wow.' And ... you know what? Biology is wow. He made it that way."
John Mason, who graduated from Woodstock in 1994 and now serves as an assistant football coach at Prairie Ridge, played for Swartout and remembers him as a player's coach, someone who really cared about each individual.
"He was always such a kind man, and he really did care about you," Mason said. "At the time, he was an older guy, so he definitely came from a different generation. He had a phrase he used to love to say.
"He would just yell at you, 'Throw them the bone,' with his gravelly voice. He would normally talk very soft spoken. But when he was trying to get you fired up, he'd yell at you. It meant take your forearm, and smash them old-school style. He always had such great energy and passion, and definitely the type of coach you felt really cared about you."
Mason's last team wasn't very good when he graduated, but that didn't affect Swartout's passion and dedication to the program. Mason said the lessons he learned from Swartout are something he still uses today.
"I don't think I was smart enough to understand the lessons I was learning from him at the time," Mason said. "The idea of caring about your players and doing what's right, focusing on doing it right every time. ... He ingrained that in me, and it was something I appreciated the older I got."