George Richard Snyder (1929 - 2011)

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George Richard Snyder passed away on September 5, 2011 at his home in Juneau.

George was an Alaskan for more than 30 years. He felt southeast Alaska was the most beautiful place on earth and counted himself fortunate to live in his place and time.

He was born to Rose Krankota Snyder and Frank Snyder in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1929. He discovered fishing as a boy in Denver, and both enjoyed it and was very good at it. This began his lifelong passion with sport fishing.

He loved playing football and was an All-State in Colorado.

He was a Navy veteran, a Sea Bee. He was stationed in Puerto Rico and helped build the bases at Gitmo and Vieques Island.

He was a marine biologist and worked in Seattle for NMFS and NOAA for more than 20 years before returning to school to earn his doctorate. He served as director of the NOAA Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau for 13 years. He sat on the DIPAC board of directors and on the Harbor Board. He was an affiliate professor in the School of Fisheries at UAS.

George was a creative man and enjoyed drawing, sculpting, gardening and perfume making. He liked westerns, dogs and beer battered halibut. He believed in being straight with people. He was generous, and lived a full life.

He is survived by Ella Mae Snyder, Esther Paris, his brother Frank Snyder and his children: Derrick, Gigi, Hans, Gabriella, Royce and Sterling. He remains in their thoughts. His ashes were scattered in local streams as per his request.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20, 2011
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