Bal Swan was born Jan. 31, 1899 in Wayne Neb. Along with the Turnpike Land Company, he developed Broomfield Heights in 1955 and donated the first ambulance and built the library in Broomfield. As president of Empire Savings and Loan he was responsible for establishing its first branch in Broomfield. He was the benefactor of Bal Swan Children’s Center, built in 1971. He also owned a purebred Hereford ranch on Rock Creek north of Broomfield. Bal Swan died in Denver on May 10, 1975.