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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.


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With our deepest sympathy to Cookie and all of Don's family.
Cookie's cousin, Letitia and her husband Wil Roth

Rest in peace, Don.  You were a delight to work with at Mount Angel Abbey Press!  In spite of my novice abilities at "helping" you with bulk mailings we still managed to get them out, and to the correct addresses!  You were a master at the computer and were skilled at all things pertaining to mailings, etc.  I truly enjoyed getting to know you, your sense of humor, and your deep Catholic faith.  I am confident you are in a much better place!  I will miss exchanging email forwards about the Marines (p.s., you are still a Marine!) and all things humorous.  God bless you and your family - keep us in your prayers as I will do likewise for you.  Semper Fi  

Don was a good man always appreciated seeing him and his wife at church on saturdays at 4:30 pm.

I'm so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I'm so happy that I was able to see you both at our reunion.
Your family will be in my prayers. 
Ruth McGovern

It is such a loss for our family but then, such a gain for heaven.
God bless you Don, and may you find a showering of peace
and a bountiful harvest of heavenly riches awaiting you.
You are missed, and will always be remembered.
Truly you are one of the finest men we have known.
We were honored and grateful that you were part of our family over the years.
Leo and Marianne


     Our wonderful brother-in-law Uncle Don will always be with us.  He gave our family many lasting memories to treasure and
we are truly grateful for the times we shared with him at family gatherings over the 54 years we knew him.
     Uncle Don, you were easy to be around, so happy and fun.  We always enjoyed your company and knew we could count on you to
readily entertain us with your quick come-backs and great sense of humor.  We will always remember you as a good man of strong faith
who provided a warm and loving home for Cookie, Richard, Evelyn and Jennifer.
     We love you, Uncle Don, and are so lucky to have had you in our lives.  We will miss you.
     May God's blessings be upon you and may God give rest to your soul.
Aunt Barbara & Uncle Jim

Don, both you and Cookie were great being cousins to Cathy and I and all of the rest of the family. It was always lots of fun getting together in your Salem home and we were planning on seeing both of you this month. We are sorry that we did not get to see you one last time, but God wanted to see you first. We are glad that you are finally out of pain and in the presence of Jesus and the rest of your family. 

I'M a friend of John and Aileen Snowdon in Barrie  Ontario.
?Empathy and Prayers go out to the family
Good keep you
Take care
 Patricia Devlin -Best

I'M a friend of John and Aileen Snowdon in Barrie  Ontario.
?Empathy and Prayers go out to the family
Good keep you
Take care
 Patricia Devlin -Best

Sorry about your loss,John. My condolences to your families.  Lloyd McIntee

Cookie and Family,

My heart is heavy for your loss.  Don will be met in Heaven by all his family and friends.  I am sure George and he have been chatting about the Zellabach days.  Lots of good memories of our times together.

Love and Prayers,
Linda LaPlante

Dear Cookie, my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family you are so blessed to have had him in your life.  Take care, love  Chris Johnson Borella

Uncle Don was one of the sweetest men I have had the pleasure of knowing. I am so happy my life was blessed with his presence as part of our family. No matter how bad he felt, he was always positive. He showed a great interest in the goings on of my life whenever we spoke, and his gentle manner made him easy to talk to. I remember coming to visit as a young girl and Don making us his famous one egg omelettes for breakfast. I have still yet to master those delicious omelettes. 

Uncle Don, you will be sorely missed by all of us still here, but I know you are in good company with Valerie, Spiro and all of our other loved ones who have moved on.

Love you.