Donald Thomas Snowdon
July 26, 1939 - May 7, 2016
The angels took Donald Thomas Snowdon to be with Our Lord on May 7, 2016. Don trusted in God’s will throughout his illness and died peacefully at home in his sleep at the age of 76. Born to John and Hilda Snowdon, Don grew up in Toronto with siblings John, Patricia and Sylvia.
He joined the Canadian Reserve at age 16, and with his natural mechanical abilities, he was soon a tank instructor. After moving to southern California with his family at age 18, Don enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, eventually attaining the rank of sergeant. After a tour of duty which included Okinawa, Taiwan and Korea he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. It was during this time that he met and married his wife Cookie (Bernice). Don and Cookie recently celebrated 54 years of marriage.
Don then began his history in the printing industry in southern California, managing the print shops of Mattel Toys, Tech Repro and Alpha Beta Markets.
In 1972, Don and Cookie took their three young children on a driving vacation up through Oregon and into Washington, where they fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Packing up their kids and all of their belongings, they moved to Oregon in 1973, driving their U-Haul to Portland with no job and no place to stay, but with plenty of faith and spirit.
Settling in Salem later that year, Don began his career with Zellerbach Paper Company as a representative for fine printing papers, retiring after 25 years. He was coaxed out of this retirement and lent his skills to Benedictine Press at Mount Angel Abbey for several years before retiring once again.
Don was an active parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salem, serving as a lector and as a member of the Parish Council in years past.
To all who knew him, Don was considered a “family man”. He was a devoted husband to Cookie; a loving father to his children Richard, Evelyn and Jennifer (Steve); and an adored grandpa to Alex and Katie. Don is also survived by his brother John (Aileen) and sister Sylvia (Roger). Rosary will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm followed by a funeral Mass at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Private interment will follow at a later date. Donations may be made to the St Joseph Church Casavant Pipe Organ fund.