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Daniel Snyder Connelly

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Daniel Snyder Connelly Obituary
December 31, 1921 - December 4, 2015 Daniel Snyder Connelly was born to Daniel Charles and Marjorie Connelly, on the last day of 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the middle of three children.. As a "depression child," he grew up with little, but never complained of hard times; stories of his youth were filled with fun, friends and family. Pearl Harbor happened while Dan was enrolled in the business program at the University of Minnesota. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in the spring of 1942, and served the duration in the Pacific Theater in an anti-aircraft battery, III Amphibious Division. As a member of The Greatest Generation, he volunteered for duty, served his country and quietly came home, always humble about his time in the Corps. When he came home to St. Paul, he was set up on a date with the soon-to-be love of his life, Betty Fees. They married shortly after, in 1946. Both Dan and Betty came from parents who loved to travel, each making cross country trips by car with their families in the 30's, when this was a major adventure. Dan finished his degree at the University of Minnesota and without any firm prospects for a job, they moved to San Francisco on a hope and a prayer. Dan soon had a job as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, and Dan and Betty started their family with their two oldest children, Richard and Kathi. After San Francisco, they lived for a while in Thermal, California, they then moved to the Conejo Valley in Ventura County. Dan was with the Janss Company as they designed and built the planned community that became Thousand Oaks. In addition to his financial responsibilities with the Janss Company, Dan was on the board of the new water district, the board of the new school district and helped plan and build St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. During all this work, Dan and Betty managed to have their third child, Patrick. After several years, Dan and Betty found themselves in Claremont, California. It was during this time that they were able to resume their love of travel with cross country trips and, in 1966, their dream trip of three months exploring Europe and Great Britain. Dan always said this trip changed his life. This return to travel never stopped. The two continued to travel until they were no longer able, in their late 80s, and the memories of their adventures were always with them. Finally, in 1970, they moved to Newport Beach. Dan was heavily involved with committees and activities at St. James Church, and was always lending a hand or an ear to anyone in need. Dan volunteered with many groups, including Cursillo, Faith Alive and the Hoag Hospital Auxiliary. Even with all of the above, if you asked Dan what was his biggest accomplishment, he would say: "My family." With all of their accomplishments, Dan and Betty were first and foremost parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. They instilled into their children and grandchildren their values, love for each other and love for others. Not one to lecture or preach, Dan led by example. Beyond all else, his enduring love of Betty and his ability to always find joy in life and share it with others were what made Dan the lively, fun man he was, and also reflected his great integrity. Dan is now at peace with the Lord, and celebrating with his beloved Betty. A memorial service will be held at St. James the Great, 3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach at 11:00 AM on Saturday the 19th of December. A full service of interment will be held at St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Corona Del Mar at 1:00 PM on Sunday the 20th of December. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to one of Dan's favorite groups, the Tutwiler Mississippi Community Education (www.tutwilercenter.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 11, 2015
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