Obituary of David Snyder
David Samuel Snyder, of Superior, CO, died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer on May 18th, 2019 at TRU-Hospice in Longmont, CO. He was 48.
Born August 27th, 1970 in Boston, MA to parents Alan Snyder and Molly Lorber Snyder, David grew up in Boulder, CO from toddlerhood, graduating from Boulder High School in 1989. He then headed west for his undergraduate studies (1993, B.S. in Commerce, Finance) from Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA) before returning to Colorado to earn his graduate degree from the University of Colorado-Denver (1998, M.S. in Information Systems). David’s subsequent career in Information Systems kept him right at home in Boulder County, as he worked for Storage Tek, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. It was during his tenure at Sun that he met Karen Crocker, and their romance blossomed. Karen fondly recalls a unique date from this period: David taught her how to snowboard. The two were married on November 6th, 2004 at Lionscrest Manor (Lyons, CO). In 2007, they had a son, Ian, and in 2010, a daughter, Isla. David’s energetic nature helped him embrace the joys of family and the challenges of career; further, he volunteered as a coach with Lafayette Youth Baseball, Louisville Youth Basketball and Broomfield Youth Soccer. He also taught himself to play hockey but decided to hang up his skates once the kids joined the family. David also enjoyed house projects. In recent years, he built a deck and remodeled the kitchen, both endeavors undertaken with his lifelong best friend, Bobby Lehman. But of all his recreational pursuits, David loved golf the most. A few years ago, just before his diagnosis, he was able to lengthen a work trip to Ireland so that he could play some of the legendary courses in the Dublin area. As a member of the Coal Creek Men’s Golf Association, David traveled to many beautiful golf destinations in New Mexico, Alabama and the incredible courses and coastal landscapes of Oregon’s Bandon Dunes. In 2018, family helped David realize a lifelong dream by inviting him to attend The Masters at Augusta National. Even post-diagnosis and in the midst of various cancer treatments, David did everything he could to maximize the fun in life. Karen emphasized that he “went from one treatment to the next, whatever would work, to buy himself more and more time. It was kind of a miracle, actually.”
David was preceded in death by his mother, Molly Lorber Snyder. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Crocker Snyder (Superior, CO), his son, Ian Snyder (Superior, CO), his daughter, Isla Snyder (Superior, CO), his father, Dr. Alan Snyder (Polly Mahoney, Boulder, CO), his sisters, Sarah Snyder (Lafayette, CO) and Deborah Snyder (Louisville, CO), and his brother, Jack Snyder (Stephanie, Oak Park, CA).
In accordance with David’s final wish, a memorial service will take place Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, 2:00 PM at Congregation Har HaShem (3950 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303), officiated by Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb, with a celebration of David’s life to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in David’s name to the Snyder children’s education fund P.O. Box 21450 Boulder, CO. 80308 or TRU Hospice (trucare.org) 2594 Trailridge Drive. E. Lafayette, CO. 80026. To send an online message to the family please visit www.murphyfuneraldirectors.com.
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