John Gabriel Snedeker, age 42, died on July 30th from sudden cardiac arrest. Born in Salt Lake City Utah on October 14, 1971, Gabe was raised on Bainbridge Island and graduated from Bainbridge High school in 1989. He earned a BA from the University of Oregon, and prior to graduate school, worked at Willamette Pass Ski Resort and as an intern and seasonal fire fighter with the U.S. Forest Service in Bend, Oregon. After earning his Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington, Gabe worked as a professional planner for the cities of Shoreline and Mercer Island and as a planning consultant with the Watershed Company and ABHL. Most recently, he was Supervisor of Planning and Development Services in Snohomish County.
Gabe was an expert skier and avid hiker and fly-fisher who was at home in the mountains and back-country. He was an excellent trip planner and loved introducing family and friends to new experiences and outdoor adventures. He skied and traveled all over the world, but he was happiest with his wife and daughter in their cabin near Stevens Pass and home in Shoreline. Gabe had a talent for friendship. He had a big heart and was a wonderful friend, husband, father, son, brother and colleague, who lived his life surrounded by people he loved and who loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Sara and three-and-a-half year old daughter, Ava; his parents, David and Bonnie Snedeker of Bainbridge Island; sister, Jesse Snedeker (Adam Gooder) of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and father-in-law, George Jersey of Shoreline. Gabe leaves a hole that nobody can fill but we will always be grateful to have had him in our lives and hearts.
A memorial service and celebration of Gabe's life will be held on Monday, August 25th, 2:00 PM at Craven Farm in Snohomish. (See www.cravenfarm.com
for directions. Donations in Gabe's memory may be made to Washington Conservation Voters (wcvoters,org), Snohomish County Growers Alliance (www.snocogrowers.com
) or the American Planning Association. Washington Chapter Scholarship Fund (www.washington state.apa.org
). For more information, Please visit Gabe's memorial website at legacy.com