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Obituary: John H. Snyder Dec. 24, 1965 – Oct. 14, 2017

on October 18, 2017 - 5:26pm

JOHN H. SNYDER Dec. 24, 1965 Oct. 14, 2017

John Snyder never met a stranger and once you met him you never forgot him. His sense of humor and generosity brought joy and laughter to everyone around him. Knowing John was a little bit like knowing a super hero, except that John was known to be a little louder and had a few more tattoos.


He had many jobs in his lifetime, but his favorite job of all was that of “dad”. He had two daughters who he loved very much, and who he was very proud of. One of John’s passions was sharing music with the people he cared for, and his love of music lives on through many.


John was born in Toledo, Ohio to Sam R. and Darletta L. Snyder on Dec. 24, 1965. He was the best Christmas present ever received and there was now a little prince in the family kingdom. He was raised with three princesses (or second mothers, depending on your viewpoint), Les, Kim and Sue. There was never a dull moment and no one had to wonder what to do for entertainment, once John was in the fold.


Several years after high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served honorably for four years. He had many adventures and a few misadventures, traveling the world with the Corps. He then went to boatbuilding school in Tacoma, Washington, where he met his future wife, Manya. Eventually, he had two princesses of his own who were cherished by everyone in his extended family.


John and his family moved to Alaska in 1995 where they lived for seven years before moving to New Mexico. He joined the El Rito Volunteer Fire Department and eventually worked with the Los Alamos Fire Department for 13 years and left in July of 2017 to continue his education at Santa Fe Community College. During this time, he started working for Española Ambulance where he once again discovered his love for emergency medicine.


John passed away on Oct. 14 surrounded by his extended family. His passing will leave a huge hole in many communities around northern New Mexico, and in the hearts of anyone who knew him.