Eugene Snead Price

07/31/1933 - 08/14/2014 Obituary
Eugene Snead Price Obituary
Snead Price was born on July 31, 1933 in Idabel, OK to Ed and Ethel Price. He passed away on August 14, 2014. He was the 5th of six children, Marjorie, Mitchell, Ed, Judy and Mary. Snead's family moved to Bakersfield in 1938 and Snead attended Emerson Junior High School. He graduated from Delano High School in 1951 and was on the track team and a yell leader. He had a reputation as a skilled dancer and roller skater. Snead married Betty (Wallis) Leal on April 3, 1965 and together they have five children. They celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this year. Snead started his lifelong career in quality menswear when he was a junior in high school working at Cameron's in Delano.
Moving to Bakersfield he joined the sales and management team at Seiler's, was the start up manager of Harris and Frank in the Valley Plaza, and worked as the manager of Herb Walker's where he also owned the shoe lease, one of many that he owned across the state. In the summer of 1988 Snead realized his lifelong ambition of owning his own store when he and Betty opened Snead's for Men in Colonial Square. Snead helped dress many of the best dressed men in Bakersfield and had many loyal and lifetime customers whom he treasured. In 2006 he and Betty decided to retire and sold the business to their son Mark.
Snead loved to golf and was a member of the Stockdale and Seven Oaks Country Clubs. He was a former member of 20-30, Junior Chamber, the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. In retirement he and Betty enjoyed a little golf, good food, going to the beach and walking their beloved dog Toby, who was like Snead's shadow.
Snead was preceeded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. He is survived by his wife Betty, his sons Mark and Laurie Price, Kent and Lee Ann Price, Mitch and Patsy Templeton, his daughters Michelle and Mike McMurtrey, and Julie and Jeff Bortolussi, grandchildren Miles and Diane Price, Leah Templeton, Carson McMurtrey, Anton Bortolussi and Bianca Bortolussi, and great-grandson Deegan Price.
It goes without saying that Snead was a well dressed, classy and dapper man. He was kind and warm hearted. Snead had a sharp wit, outlandish stories and always a Mills Brothers song on his lips. He realized his childhood dream of owning his own beautiful menswear store and always encouraged us by saying "Hang on baby - your dreams are just around the corner!"
Memorial service will be held at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, CA on Thursday, August 21st, at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Kern County Cancer Fund.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 19, 2014
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