Lawrence Ellis Snow

1923 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Lawrence Ellis Snow Obituary
Lawrence Ellis Snow June 20, 1923 - November 22, 2013 Our precious and beloved Dad, who passed away peacefully at home on Friday morning, was a legendary cowboy. His family arrived in Bakersfield in the early 1900's and began farming in the area now known as Snow Road. Though he graduated from Kern County Union High School, school was not his passion, cattle and ranching was. He grew up in the Granite Station area. He built the phone lines from Ducor to Jack Ranch. In the early 50's he helped build the rodeo grounds in Glenville and held the first rodeo there. He proudly served in the army at Fort Beale, simultaneously pursuing his love of saddle bronc riding in the nearby rodeo. In the mid 60's he moved to the Twin Oaks area and focused on his cattle. While there he built the Twin Oaks "Snow Arena" and began holding annual team penning events as a fund raiser for the local school. He served on the school board for 15 years. Dad owned a logging business but was better known for his articulate fence building skills as was his brother Robert Snow. Dad was a symbol of everything the old west had to offer: The great American cowboy. He was also a mature, responsible citizen, friend, and parent to his children and those unfortunate enough to be orphaned in childhood. Our Dad was a wonderful and brilliant man with a delightful wit and wry sense of humor. He will be sorely and lovingly missed by all of us who knew him well enough to know what he truly represented. He leaves behind 14 children, Gary Snow, Jana Campbell, Gayle Stevens, Rosalie Snow, Steve Ralls, Ronnie Ralls, Marcia Temple, Allan Faughn, Randy Faughn, Lauren Snow, Carly Snow, Lawrence Snow, Kimberly Perry and Kendra Snow; 34 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Dad was preceded in death by his four siblings; his parents; and his son, Dr. Van Snow. Graveside services will be held at the Blue Mountain Cemetery in Woody, California at 11 a.m. on Saturday November 30th. A memorial luncheon will follow at the Woody Community Hall in honor of Lawrence. At Dad's request we will also be honoring his brother Robert Snow, who passed away on November 2, 2008. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in honor of Dad to the Piute Mountain School. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 26, 2013
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