RICHARD A. SNYDERS Richard A. Snyders, 68, of Santa Fe, NM (formerly of San Marino, CA) passed away at home on May 17, 2014, lovingly surrounded by family. The son of Horace and Frances Snyders, he was born in Altadena, CA and grew up in Arcadia, CA. A graduate of Arcadia High School and the University of Oregon, he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps after college. Richard began his career in investment counseling in the 1970's, working for Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles. An entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, he relocated his family to northern Idaho in 1980, where he established a successful Edward D. Jones brokerage office. Returning to Los Angeles in the mid-1980's, he affiliated with and eventually became a part owner of Van Deventer & Hoch, a private investment counseling firm. Serving as President and CEO for 15 years, he retired in 2002 after he and his partners sold Van Deventer & Hoch to Mellon Financial Corporation. Upon retiring, Richard never looked back, enjoying sailing, world travel, and the pristine hills of Santa Fe where he and his wife, Susan, built their retirement home. Above all, he treasured his time with family, children, grandchildren, and his faithful series of English Setter dogs. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Susan Price Snyders; three children, Brad (Kari) Snyders of Parker, CO, Sara (Pete) Paciorek of Bradenton, FL, and Greg (Adriana) Snyders of Washington, DC; four grandchildren, Anderson, Ella, Mason and Sophie; brother, Robert Snyders of Oxnard, CA; and other loving family members and long-time friends. A life well lived... A private family memorial will take place in Santa Fe this summer. Donations in his memory may be given to the American Indian College Fund of Denver, CO.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from May 24 to May 25, 2014