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Barry Victor Snyder left our world Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the age of 71. He died within months of an aggressive form of cancer. At the time of his death, he was home with his wife, Paula, of 21 years, supported by Mesilla Valley Hospice. He has gone to meet his makers (parents), Yetta and Joseph Snyder. According to the tales his mother told, he was lucky to have survived his childhood. He was beyond mischievous, picking through people's trash, starting small fires with a magnifying glass, putting an ant collection in his bureau drawer - no lid. Older brother Dave, always contributed far-out ideas to Barry's repertoire of wild and crazy things. The brothers drifted apart in their early twenties, but became closer as they aged. Barry managed to survive his early years, go to school and graduate from John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California. After enough football to last him a lifetime, and high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed being stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, but along with his comrades, he experienced a near-death event - Typhoon Nancy, off the coast of Japan. He did not re-enlist. Deciding to get into a safer line of work, he became a police officer and husband. He married Debbie Rosen. Together they had sons Robert, Scott and Brian, who were destined to be members of Boy Scouts of America. Barry and the boys became expert backpackers. They still groan and smile simultaneously when relating stories. The cities of Irvine and Seal Beach benefited from Barry's service as police officer. Again, he'd had enough excitement. Switching gears, he joined the world of technology. He retired after more than 25 years with Boeing as a computer hardware specialist. In 1993, after a time of bachelorhood, he met Paula and her teenaged daughters, Erica and Jillian. As romance goes, they decided to blend the kids and the cats. It was working really well until Thursday. ... Scouting was a constant in his life. He felt it would make better citizens of all young men. Even after his youngest son became an Eagle Scout, Barry continued with the program. Barry was the recipient of numerous awards: 1988, Silver Beaver; 1989, Master of Commissioner Science and Grand Dragon of Scout Masters; 1992, Wood badge; 1994, Order of the Arrow: Vigil and James E. West Fellowship Award; Distinguished Commissioner Award twice, most recently in 2013. He was most proud of the number of Eagle Scouts Troop 642 produced, as well as their annual trek to Grand Canyon. They hiked from Rim to Rim to Rim (he went nine times), a feat of planning and patience. In 2013, projects included introducing HIGH ADVENTURE TEAM concepts and belonging to a group of Scouters bringing to life a SCOUT LODGE here in Las Cruces. (Hint: you can help us.) Interests through the years were: gun collector, body builder, car enthusiast, amateur radio operator, motorcycle rider and computer builder. He was a member of the Elks and a Mason. In the early years he worked to maintain his muscular physique (I know not many of you saw that it was pre-1993). As time went on, eating out was another activity at which he excelled - much to the dismay of wait staff and managers of several local establishments. Another calling he enjoyed was House Husband. His business card read: No job, No money, No worries. He got an A+ rating from his wife and two spoiled Abyssinian cats. What else could a girl ask for? Barry's opinion on a matter was never a secret. You knew where he stood. He needed you to stand there, too! Despite his stubborn streak, he was the embodiment of the Scout law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent. Those who are proud to claim to be related to Barry are brother, R. David Snyder with wife, Janet, and son David Snyder Jr.; sons, Robert Snyder, Scott Snyder, Brian Snyder with wife, Sherri, and children Nicole and Kayla; stepdaughters, Erica Bauer with sons, Clayton and Steven, Jillian Clausi with husband, Joseph, and children Brandon and Ariana; sisters-in-law Deana Elliott and Gay Himebaugh, with husbands Jay and Bill. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home. Barry requested no formal ceremony. He chose to be cremated and ashes secretly scattered somewhere near Yosemite. (Shhh!) In lieu of flowers or other tributes, support the dream of a Scout Lodge in Las Cruces. Donations of any denomination will be appreciated. Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Notation: Gila Lodge at "A" Mountain/Snyder, 301 Church St., Suite H, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011 Services are with Getz Funeral Home and Getz Family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001 To sign the local online guest book please visit
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 30, 2014
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