Roman Richard Sarwas

February 28, 1941 - August 30, 2022

Roman Richard Sarwas

February 28, 1941 - August 30, 2022


Roman Richard Sarwas returned home to our loving Father in Heaven on August 30th, 2022, at Spring Creek assisted living facility in Bellingham, WA. He was 81 years old at the time of his passing, born February 28th,1941 in Milwaukee, WI.

He took great joy being outdoors in nature. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. In his later years he took to gardening, carving decoys, and building cedar wood kayaks. He graduated from Juneau High school in Milwaukee WI. After high school he went to Stevens Point College then to Marquette University for his doctorate in Dentistry.

While serving in the national guard during college he was activated for service during the “Berlin crisis” and was stationed at Fort Lewis WA as a dental assistant. Here he met his first wife with whom he had three children.

He fell in love with the Northwest at that time. After graduating dental school he moved to Bellingham WA and started his dental practice in 1966. He wore many different hats in his time. From truck driver and machinist (to put himself through school to become a Dentist) Machine gunner and thoroughbred horse breeder.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roman and Edith Sarwas, brother-in-law Stephen Swanke, and his youngest child Katrina Sarwas. He is survived by: sister Jacqueline Swanke; sons Regan (Jenny Redick) Sarwas & Shawn Sarwas; stepson John (Kelli) Lemmel; stepdaughter Stephanie (Shawn) Bohannan; niece and nephews Bridget Swanke, Matthew (Jamie) Swanke, Michael (Julie) Swanke; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Lucas (Karen) Ryan, Chloe Sarwas, Mali (Michael), Wes Ross, Liam Sarwas, E. Sage Sarwas, and Austin Lemmel.

There will be a celebration of life for Roman at his home, 7395 Birch Bay Dr, Blaine, WA 98230 on October 22nd, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Friends and all Caregivers welcome to come and share their stories about Roman.

Celebration of Life

  • Date & Time: October 22, 2022 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • Venue: 7395 Birch Bay Drive
  • Location: Blaine, WA 98230 - (Get Directions)

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3 responses to Roman Richard Sarwas

  1. Ted Royal says:

    I met Rome when I was about 20 and needed my wisdom teeth out. I had no insurance and was paying cash. He said “60 dollars for all 4, but 2 at a time so you can eat.”
    That started a long and fruitful relationship for us in his office. He was a master and did good work, and after all these years the work has held up real well.
    One time I could feel the drilling and let him know, he just turned up the nitrous oxide and kept going!
    He was very friendly and I just loved him.
    Oh, and he came to my house in Maple Falls, on his way to Mt Baker to ski, and pulled the stitches out of my gums from those wisdom teeth!

    R.I.P. Doctor Sarwas, I’ll never forget you.

  2. We very much enjoyed our time together at Birch Bay, afternoon’s and/or evening’s on either his or Mike’s patio enjoying the best of summer.
    Always up for a laugh and a joke, either Ike or Bart hanging out, we had some marvelous times.
    You are sorely missed and will not be forgotten
    Love ya, Rudy and Lita

  3. A good and decent person along with being a good dentist. RIP

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