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Jerome R. Snyder

Estes Park resident Jerome “Jerry” Snyder died at Estes Park Medical Center on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. He was 94 years old. Jerome R. Snyder was born August 2, 1913 in Arapahoe, Nebraska. His parents were Ray and Dura E. (Prime) Snyder.

Jerry graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1930. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Peru State College in 1938, a Master of Arts degree from Southwest Texas State College in 1940, a second Master’s degree in 1947 from the University of Texas. He did additional graduate work at the University of Texas in Behavioral Science.

Jerry married Doris Prichard on June 4, 1939. He was employed from 1930-1935 as a teacher in Nebraska rural elementary schools. He served as the band director for San Marcos, TX public schools and Southwest Texas State College from 1938-1942 and from 1946-1948. Jerry served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942-1946. He was a commissioned officer in Training Command. He was discharged with the rank of Captain. He was the Band Director and Music Supervisor for Alice, TX public schools from 1949-1953. Jerry worked as a Graduate Instructor for the University of Texas from 1953-1956. He became Assistant Superintendent of  Schools in Midland, TX from 1956-1974. Jerry retired in 1974 and moved to Fort Collins, CO. He moved to Loveland, CO in 1997 and then to Estes Park, CO in 2003.

Jerry’s hobbies included weaving, music, and he was a master gardener and worked with the Colorado State University Extension Department for 18 years.

Jerry is survived by his wife Doris Snyder of Estes Park; daughters Jeri and husband Dr. P.S. Morey of Kingsville, TX, Cynthia and husband Ron Erbes of Loveland, CO; grandsons Philip Morey and wife Sonja and Christopher Morey and wife Sarah; great grandchildren Jessica Morey, William Morey, and Emileigh Morey; sister Jeannette Robinson and husband James of Black Mountain, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Phyllis Bradley, Harriet Snyder, and Bernita Castrinakis.

Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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