David Lynn Snowder
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident David Lynn Snowder died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008 at Heritage Place in Soldotna after fighting diabetes and related complications for many years. He was 61.
A memorial service and mass will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Tony Dummer, OMI, will officiate. A reception will follow the mass at O'Neill Hall.
Mr. Snowder was born Aug. 30, 1946 in Elk City, Okla., the son of Robert L. and Ruthaleen Snowder. He grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., where he started his career as a power lineman at Pacific Power & Gas.
"His admiration of the actor John Wayne and the spirit of the wild west led him to Alaska in 1974 to pursue his own adventures. He settled in the Mat-Su Valley and moved to the Kenai Peninsula in the early 1980s. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. No. 1547 and worked for HEA in Homer and Soldotna, but primarily worked construction. You can still see his hand in power line construction built across the vast state of Alaska," his family said.
"He was a gentle and kind soul who was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved animals, children and his work as a lineman. He also enjoyed hunting and was a lifetime member of the NRA.
"He has a sense of humor and made light of difficult situations, especially his illness, putting others at ease. His beautiful white beard attracted many compliments and became his signature look. He was a loyal son, loving brother, devoted husband and attentive father and grandfather."
Mr. Snowder is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carolyn Snowder; children and their families, Sean Snowder; Errin Snowder and fianc, David Saladin, and their son, Michael Saladin; Heather Johnson-Dushkin and husband, Nick Dushkin, and their children, Cole, Catherine, Lucas and Kyra; Kristina M. Hollatz and husband, Brian Hollatz, and their children, Brent and Jesse; Charine Johnson-Hieber and husband, Anthony Hieber and children, Cole, Avery, Joshua, Mason and Rayah; his mother, Ruthaleen Snowder; sister Roberta "Bobbie" Blau and husband Bruce Blau; nephew, Bret Blau and wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Amaya; nephew, Chad Blau; and niece, Carly Blau.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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