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David Lee Snyder

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Snyder, David Lee
passed away on July 10, 2016. Tempe, Arizona- David Lee Snyder, 72 of Gold Canyon, Arizona passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on July 10, 2016, after a long battle with lung and heart disease. Dave is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie and their four children, David Anthony, Brett Dennis, Phillip William and Jill Snyder Gammill. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, a younger brother, Peter Whitford Snyder (Dollie), and many close relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his older brother, Clark Larry Snyder (Peggy). Dave was a Captain in the United States Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War. While serving in Vietnam he received the Bronze Star for bravery and saved many lives. He grew up in Los Altos, California, a son to Clark Lester and Olive Whitford Snyder. As a child he enjoyed his membership in Troop 33 of the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also cherished his time spent as a camp counselor at the Bob Mathias Sierra Boys Camp located near Kings Canyon National Park. Dave excelled in diving during his high school and college years attending Foothill Jr. College and California State University at Long Beach eventually receiving a degree in Psychology and Physical Education. He and his family were exceedingly proud that he was selected as an alternate for the 1964 Olympic Diving Team. After the war years, Dave worked in the automobile and banking industries until his retirement to Gold Canyon, Arizona in 2005. His success in his career and his life can be directly attributed to his strong work ethic and his ability to create lasting personal relationships. Dave had always been known to be a loyal and steadfast friend, husband and father. He will be forever remembered for his genuine devotion to his family and resolute passion for his country. The celebration of Dave's Life was held on Thursday, July 14th at 11:30 AM at Shadow Mountain Mortuary 2350 E. Greenway Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85022 to be followed by a lunch reception at Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak Restaurant 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Drive Phoenix, AZ 85020. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of David Lee Snyder to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorsproject.org or Wounded Warriors Project P.O Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please go to www.ShadowMountainMortuary.com to share condolences with the family.
Published in The Arizona Republic from July 13 to July 19, 2016
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