Daniel E. Snyder was born June 28, 1919, in Silver Creek, the 10th of 12 children to Sam and Etta Snyder. He died in Sublimity, Ore. Feb. 7, 2011, at age 91.
In January 1933, Sam Snyder built a house on the back of a 1929 flatbed Chevy truck. He filled the house with the family and pulled their belongings on a trailer behind, and moved to Oregon. They arrived in Evens Valley, just north of Silverton, March 8, 1933.
Dan graduated from Silverton High School in 1936. By then, most of the family had moved to a strawberry farm in Boring. In July 1936, Dan joined the Civilian Conserva-tion Corps., and he served two years in Camp 928 at Zigzag and two years at the CCC headquarters in Vancouver, Wash. During his CCC years, June 2, 1938, he received a personal commendation from General George C. Marshall. Dan served in the Army during WWII, along with three brothers and two brothers-in-law. They all came home safely.
Dan taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the Sandhills of Nebraska for the 1947-1948 school year, and for the rest of his life could name all of his students.
Dec. 8, 1950, he attended a Christmas party at the home of Gene and Ruth Slick in Oregon City. There he met Helen L. Wilson, daughter of Alonzo and Mary (Burger) Wilson. They were married in Salem, Ore., Jan. 21, 1951, and only waited that long because Mary made Helen’s wedding dress.
In 1953, Dan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University with a degree in business administration. He worked for Producer’s Co-op cannery, and then for Flav-R-Pac in Salem, before finishing his career working as secretary-treasurer for Stayton Canning Company in Stayton.
In 1953, Dan and Helen had daughter Becky and in 1962, they adopted 4-year old Mike. Helen died of a stroke in June 1985.
One of Dan’s great passions was golfing, and in 1991, one day after the anniversary of Helen’s death, Dan suffered a stroke while playing at Santiam Golf Course. He begged his fellow golfers to drag him behind the bushes so others could play through.
Desire to get back on the links motivated Dan to participate fully in rehab treatments, and May 30, 1996, he got a hole in one on the 6th hole at Elkhorn Golf Course.
Dan had numerous interests besides golfing. In 1959, Dan and Helen bought a lot up on the Little North Fork River, and eventually built a cabin on it. In January 1964, it fell into the river during a flood. The shell of the house was moved back up onto the bank and the inside remodeled.
In 1972, it burned to the ground. He and Helen then built a home there, rather than a cabin. Dan delighted in spending as much time there as he could and for over 25 years he hosted twice yearly golf tournaments, culminating with a steak dinner at The Cabin.
Dan loved opera and classical music; he was an avid reader; he was interested in Indian artifacts and ways of life; he enjoyed traveling and he and Helen made several trips to Europe and The Holy Lands. He delighted in contact with his 42 nieces and nephews and their families, and they, in turn, treasured their “Uncle Danny”. Dan was a friendly and loving person and his favorite method of greeting was hugs; big, warm bear hugs. Dan always enjoyed a glass of good Scotch.
Dan was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Salem for more than 50 years, where he served as Deacon, and he was a member of both Santiam Golf Course and Elkhorn Golf Course.
After Helen’s death, he lived in the family home until 2008, when he moved into an apartment in the home of his daughter Becky and her husband Billy Davis in Sublimity. He lived with them until a stroke in May 2010, then moved to Marian Estates in Sublimity where he received excellent and loving care for the rest of his life.
Dan is survived by his children. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam (1883-1948) and Etta (1884-1965) and his siblings: Blanche Fryberger (1904-1995), Tom (1905-1973), Charmaine Weigel (1907-2001), Ethel Carson (1908-2003), Abe (1910-2003), Verna Orr (1911-1984), Paul (1913-1982), Johnny (1915-1981), Russell (1917-1987), James (1921-1988) and Mary Etta Johnson (1923-2003).
A Memorial Service will be held Sat., Feb 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St. N.E. in Salem. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations in his memory may be made to the Elkhorn Volunteer Fire Department near Dan’s beloved cabin. Checks may be made to SVPC #1, with Elkhorn Station in the memo line, and sent to Stayton Fire Dept., 1988 W. Ida, Stayton OR 7383. Arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Home, www.HED-FH.com .