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Doug Snokhous Obituary

Douglas Snokhous (AP Photo/Aderhold Funeral Home, Inc.)
Douglas Snokhous (AP Photo/Aderhold Funeral Home, Inc.)
Doug Snokhous, 50, a West volunteer firefighter and an employee of Central Texas Iron Works, died in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.

DOUGLAS SNOKHOUS: Firefighter, father, hunter

Douglas J. "Doug" Snokhous, 50, had been a firefighter with the West Fire Department for more than 15 years. He and his brother, Robert, were among the first responders killed in the blast.

"We are comforted they were together at the end," the Snokhous family said in a statement.

Snokhous was a shop supervisor at the Central Texas Iron Works in Waco, where he had worked for the past 29 years, according to a funeral home obituary.

A native of Hillsboro, Snokhous graduated from West High School in 1980.

He loved Westfest and the West Rodeo. He liked to fish and hunt deer and quail. He especially cherished spending time with his new grandson.

He and his brother, Robert, were inseparable. They worked, hunted, golfed and fought fires together.

Doug Snokhous is survive d by his wife of 12 years, Donna Snokhous; two daughters; three stepchildren; a brother; a sister; his grandson; three stepgrandchildren; and several great nieces and nephews.

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