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Fond Farewell: Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management Major Logan Schwab

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.
Jason Halley/University Photogra

Recreation, hospitality, and parks management major Logan Schwab, a junior, passed away November 18. He was 22.

Born May 4, 1996, he was raised in Davis and graduated from Davis Senior High School. He enrolled at Chico State in fall 2015 and chose to option in resorts and lodging, with a dream of one day owning his own hotel or outdoor resort. His faculty say recreation was the ideal major for someone who had such an unrelenting thirst for the outdoors.

Communications studies professor Jessica Eggen enjoyed having him in her class and remembers well his passion for recreation, nature, and fishing.

“Logan had a zest for life. … He was friendly, respectful, kind and fun,” she said. “He was always up for sharing about his fishing adventures and what he’d caught. I’m so saddened to hear of his passing and my prayers are with his family and friends.”

Picture of Logan Schwab holding a fish
Schwab had fished for nearly every species, said teammate Cole Lauchland.

Others who knew him also recalled his big personality and his unequalled passion for fishing, a hobby he took part in for any species, at any time of day, and in any weather. He was a proud and accomplished member of the Chico State Bass Fishing Team, and a vital part of their success in May at the national championship in Louisiana, where they placed 25th out of 180 teams. He and the team had already qualified for the 2019 championship.

“Fishing was his biggest passion. He fished every chance he could,” said Cole Lauchland, his team fishing partner for two years. “He was always stoked about hooking a big fish but would get extremely mad if it came off. He loved talking about fish and he has fished for everything, so he could talk for hours.”

Schwab cared deeply about helping others, whether supporting classmates in need when he was younger or volunteering with the Special Olympics program during his time at Chico State. Always having a sense of adventure, he also cherished hiking, mountain climbing, boating, and camping trips, and was an avid dog lover.

He is survived by his parents, Paul and Tory Schwab, his sister Elly Schwab, his grandfather Richard Schwab, his grandmother Linda Middlesworth, and numerous other family members and friends.

On Monday, December 17, the University flag, which is currently at half-staff in remembrance of former President George H. W. Bush, will honor Schwab and a plaque will be placed at the flagpole in his memory.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends on January 5, and those who would like more information are encouraged to email Donations may be made in his memory to the CAST for Kids Foundation, which provides fishing experiences for children with special needs.