LEONARD (DUTCH) SNYDER

LEONARD (DUTCH) SNYDER

Mar. 2, 1928 - Jan. 20, 2014



Leonard "Dutch" Snyder, was born March 2, 1928 in Ogden, UT. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to San Diego. At the age of 7, the family moved north to Oceanside, CA, he graduated from Oceanside High School in 1946. In 1949, Dutch moved to Carlsbad and married Karlene. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines in Korea. After his service in the Marines, he returned to Carlsbad and opened Snyder's Bakery in 1954. During this time, he was an active member of the Rotary Club, a volunteer fireman for Oceanside Fire Department, and a Little League coach. Though their marriage ended, Dutch remained grateful for the three children he had with Karlene. Some of his fondest memories included surf fishing and spending afternoons at the beach with his kids. It was sometime around 1980 when Dutch met his soul mate, Kay Brockman Bishop. During the next 10 years, Dutch tried to retire a few times, but always found his way back to work. He closed Snyder's Bakery, but soon after went to work at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. After retiring from there in 1990, Dutch and Kay moved east to Calexico. Although he had retired as a full time baker, Dutch did not slow down. He and Kay built a house in the Mount Signal area in 1999. One of the hardest working men you will ever meet, Dutch was constantly working on projects. Around the property, he was a landscaper, tree trimmer, and overall handyman. He was also very active with the Imperial Valley Pioneer Museum. Dutch had a talent and a love for restoration projects. He donated much time, labor, and know-how to the museum. In April of 2011, Dutch was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and leukemia and "given" six months to live. Not one to follow directions, Dutch went through his final journey of life in the way he lived his whole life-with a strong will, strength, humor, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. Just before dawn on January 20, 2014, with Kay by his side, Dutch went home to be with the Lord. He passed peacefully and more in love with Kay than ever.
Dutch is survived by his love of 33 years, Kay Brockman Bishop; daughter, Karen Snyder-Farnese; sons, John and David; stepson, George (Molly) Bishop ; sister, Vivian; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and dog, Sassy.
Friends and family will be having a memorial BBQ to celebrate Dutch on his birthday, March 2nd. If you are interested in attending, please email celebratingdutch@gmail.com for more information. In lieu of flowers, Dutch requested that donations be sent to Shriner's Hospital for Children.


Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Jan. 26, 2014