John Wesley (Big
May 26, 1930 to March 12, 2009
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 3/17/2009
John Wesley Snyder
was born in Pottstown, PA. He was the son of Harold and Bertha Snyder.
Harold died when John was five years old. He attended Girard College for
Fatherless Boys in Pennsylvania through the tenth grade.
When John was 16, he returned home and attended Pottstown High School,
where he was an excellent athlete. His goal at the time was to play professional
He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a catcher. His career was
cut short due to an injury, after which he enlisted in the Navy in January
1951 and was stationed on the USS Buck in San Diego.
In December of 1951, he married Janet LaMar Waters of Pottstown. John
was honorably discharged in October 1954 after serving in the Korean War.
In 1955, John and Janet returned to California and made their home in
the San Diego area. In October 1958, their only child, Mark Don Snyder,
was born. John took pride in coaching and watching his son develop into
an outstanding athlete.
The Snyders lived in Chula Vista and John was employed at Rohr Industries
for 32 years. In 1993, John retired. He enjoyed his retirement traveling,
staying in touch with friends, going to breakfast and greeting his longtime
He loved many things, especially Michele's lasagna. John (Dad) had a very
close relationship with his son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. He was
a well loved man who had many friends and will always be remembered for
his bigger than life presence and sense of humor.
John passed away suddenly on Thursday morning, March 12, 2009. He is survived
by his wife Janet, son Mark and his wife Michele, grandsons, Matthew and
Christopher, sister Joanne Young, and numerous nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania.
Services will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Community
Mortuary, 855 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA.
Burial and luncheon reception will follow at Glen Abbey Memorial Park
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the American
Heart Association, 9404 Genesee Avenue #240, La Jolla, CA 92037.