Leonard "Dutch" Snyder(1928 - 2014)

Snyder, Leonard "Dutch" OCEANSIDE -- Leonard "Dutch" Snyder, born March 2, 1928, in Ogden, UT. Moving to San Diego as a kid, Dutch lived most of his life in Oceanside and Carlsbad. He graduated from Oceanside High in 1946. After high school, Dutch married Karlene. He enlisted in the Marines and served with the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines in Korea. After his service, he returned to Carlsbad and opened Snyder's Bakery in 1954. Active in the community, he was in Rotary, a volunteer fireman for the Oceanside Fire Department, and a Little League coach. Though the marriage ultimately ended, he was grateful for his three kids with Karlene. He loved surf fishing and spending afternoons at the beach with his kids. Dutch met his soulmate, Kay Brockman Bishop, around 1980. After closing Snyder's Bakery and working for the Town and Country Hotel, Dutch and Kay moved to Calexico. Dutch could always be found working on a project-restoring furniture, landscaping, baking, or whatever needed being done. Dutch peacefully passed at home, with his love, Kay, by his side, on January 20, 2014, after a nearly three year battle with lung cancer and leukemia. He fought in the same way he lived life-with a strong will, strength, humor, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. He will be missed. 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; two grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; and dog, Sassy. There will be a memorial BBQ held on March 2nd. If you'd like information, please email celebratingdutch@gmail.com. Dutch's charity was the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 26, 2014