Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Orville Snyder

Born: 3/8/1948

Died: 1/26/2013

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Orville Evan Snyder passed away on Jan. 26, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz., from an agent orange related bone cancer. Evan was born on March 8, 1948, in Williams, Ariz., the son of Orville Homer Snyder and Geraldine W. Snyder of Stigler. Evan traveled much of the United States with his parents during his childhood. He settled in Phoenix at the age of 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. When he graduated from Naval Recruit Training Center in San Diego, he was posted to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he received infantry training and then was posted to Port Hueneme, Calif., where he joined the Sea Bees with MCB-3. He was given instruction as a heavy equipment operator. After instruction he was posted to Adak, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands to await his battalion in preparation for deployment to the Republic of Vietnam in 1965. He served honorably in many places in the I-corp area of operations including; Da Nang, Chu Lai and Phu Bai. After returning to the U.S., he married Barbara Batroff and they had a son, Michael Evan Snyder. Soon thereafter he entered the home remodeling field and continued working his entire life until he no longer could handle the stresses applied to his body. In 1999 he moved to Long Beach, Calif., with his wife and son. He lived there until 2011 when he moved back to Arizona to live in Phoenix again. Evan loved the outdoor life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, camping, free-dive spear-fishing, listening to music, cooking, going for long drives, and playing video games on his PC. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harvey Farrell Snyder.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Snyder; son Michael; sister Jerry Squire; and many nephews and nieces and their children.