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Max Steven Swenson

November 17, 1998 — August 6, 2023

In Loving Memory of Max: A Brilliant Mind, a Caring Heart

On Sunday, August 6th, 2023, the world was dimmed by the tragic loss of Max, a cherished son, sibling, and friend, who passed away at the age of 24. Max's journey was one of complexity and brilliance, marked by his unwavering intellect, his deep passions, and the indelible impact he had on those who knew and loved him.

Max's intelligence was a beacon that illuminated the lives of everyone he touched. From a young age, he displayed a remarkable aptitude for knowledge, finding solace in the depths of ancient history, where civilizations from ancient Greece to Egypt and stories of old captivated his imagination. Max's curiosity knew no bounds, and his insights into the past inspired those around him to see the world through a rich lens full of context and insight.  

With an old and gentle heart, Max found joy in the melodies of old songs from the 50s and 60s and the enchantment of classic black and white movies from the silver era. He possessed a rare ability to transport himself to eras long gone, experiencing the magic of bygone times as if they were his own. This passion connected him with the past in a profound way, demonstrating his ability to bridge generational gaps and share his love for the arts with all who knew him.  His love of animals furthered exemplified his true nature with how he took care of the numerous dogs, cats, birds, and ferrets that found their way into his house and into his heart.

In the space of computer science, Max's keen interest and acute intellect set him apart. His dedication to solving complex problems and exploring the intricacies of the subject were a testament to his analytical mind. Max's enthusiasm for computers was infectious, igniting a curiosity in others and creating a legacy of intellectual growth that will persist through the lives he touched. He would often spend long hours studying at the library at the University of North Dakota with intense focus, only to come home late at night with a curious grin on his face.

Max was a study in contrasts, combining his brilliance with a unique sense of humor that could light up even the darkest corners of a room. His dark wit and timing were unparalleled, bringing a deep chuckle to many interactions. However, beneath this lighthearted exterior, Max also carried a depth of seriousness, grappling with life's weightier questions in ways that touched the hearts of those who knew him.

Max's vibrant online community of friends, built over years of shared camaraderie, strategy games, and puzzle-solving, stands as a testament to his ability to forge connections that transcended physical boundaries. His influence reached across screens and digital landscapes, leaving an enduring impact on those who were fortunate to engage with him. He even got his mother, Wendy, into eSports, and the two of them bonded over Twitch Streams and the dynamics of the South Korean team compared to the Japanese team together.  Max's memory will live on in the stories, laughs, and shared victories that were woven into the fabric of his online friendships.

In the face of the pain Max experienced, we must remember the multifaceted individual he was, celebrating his passions, talents, and the lasting connections he formed. His memory will serve as a reminder to nurture relationships, to offer understanding, and to reach out to those who may be silently struggling.

Max is survived by his grieving family including Steve (father), Wendy (mother), Dustin (brother), Heidi (sister), and Stacia (sister),his cherished online friends, and a world forever altered by his presence. As we mourn his passing, let us also honor his memory by supporting mental health initiatives and fostering open conversations about the challenges so many face.

A gathering to celebrate Max's life and the profound impact he had on us all will be held Privately.

Rest in peace, dear Max. Your brilliance, humor, and the connections you forged will endure as a lasting legacy. May you find the serenity you sought, and may your spirit find solace in the hearts of those who loved you.

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