Frederick William Schwab

July 21, 1931 - September 19, 2021
Frederick William Schwab


Don’t put me in a cold steel Box

In a hole of earth and rocks

Let fire cure my body ills

And free my spirit as God wills.

And let the ashes that remain

Become a part of sun and rain.

And settle on the mountains high

Where flowers smile up to the sky

Then let my spirit drift forever

As driftwood on the river

Frederick William Schwab, age 90, passed away on September 19th, 2021. Fred Was born on July 21, 1931 to Frederick and Anita Schwab in St. Louis, Missouri.

Growing up in St. Louis, Fred was always Athletic. He was on the High School Football Team. After attending the University Of Missouri he joined the US Marine Corps Reserve. During that same time he saw Gene Kelly dance in “American in Paris” and decided he wanted to try that too. He was able to be a ROTC candidate through the University of Utah  and that allowed him to be both a marine and a ballet dancer with the Utah Civic Ballet, the predecessor to Ballet West. 

After he served with the ROTC and with the Ballet he began his varied career. Fred worked as a consultant and seminar leader in time management.  He was also involved in the semiconductor industry in Sunnyvale CA.  

Fred worked with McCarty Agency for his Film, Stage, Modeling and voiceover career. He studied at University of Utah acting and Frank Gerrish-Film acting. He was in several films and stage productions and a long list of local and national commercials. He was cast right up until his late 80’s.

Always an athlete, he ran the Salt Lake City Classic 22 times and 3 marathons. He held the first Snowbird Season pass ever issued. He raised his 3 sons skiing at Alta. He coached his sons at gymnastics, trampoline, swimming, tennis.

He was a mentor for youth at the Utah State Corrections facility in Draper, Utah for 10 years.

Fred Always had a kind smile and gentle soul who could make you see the positive side to life. His love of animals was endearing and could be seen with his son Michael, hiking dogs in the mountains around Park City.

Fred is predeceased by his loving wife Francis Whitely Schwab. He is survived by his sons, Daniel William Schwab and his wife Christine Martin, Michael Frederick Schwab and Christian James Schwab; his granddaughters, Alexa Schwab and Kya Schwab and his grandson, Zachery Schwab.

Services to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab, Ut (in Frederick’s memory).