Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Condolences: Retired CDF HFEO Bud Snodgrass passed away

JAMES RAY SNODGRASS (BUD) SR.

Subject: Retired HFEO Bud Snodgrass passed away

JAMES (BUD) RAY SNODGRASS, SR. Age 71, passed away on May 16, 2009 in Cedar City, Utah while on one of his frequent work vacations.

He was born on May 27, 1937, in Olustee, Oklahoma to Earnest William and Evelyn Lee (Price) Snodgrass. He moved to California in 1957 where he met and married Olivia Olivas of San Jacinto, California on September 14, 1957.

Together they had three children.

Bud was a retired bulldozer operator from the California Dept. of Forestry.

During his years with the fire department he fought some of the largest fires throughout California.

He was known for his ability to drive and operate any piece of heavy equipment or vehicle. Bud was an avid hunter, fisherman, and home improvement expert. He could build and repair just about anything and spent most of his retirement days working on his own home and helping his children complete various home improvement projects around their homes and properties.

He is survived by his loving wife Olivia Snodgrass of Hemet, CA., and three children, James (Jim) Ray Snodgrass Jr. and wife Laurel, of Hatch, Utah, Betty Jean Williams and husband Gary, of Hemet, CA., and Earnest William Snodgrass and wife Astrid, of Hemet, CA. His five grandchildren, James (Jimmy) Ray Snodgrass III and wife Dani, Joshua Duane Snodgrass and fiancé Jennifer, Irena Snodgrass, Trynn Sylvester, Carla Williams, and Camryn Williams, along with five great granddaughters Payton, Brianna, Kelsie, Katelyn, and Arianna. His mother Evelyn Lee Snodgrass, of Altus, OK., brothers Bill Snodgrass and wife Louise, and Wayne Snodgrass and sisters, Earnesteen Dalton and husband Doug, all from Altus OK., and Peggy Terrill and husband Norman of Redoak, TX. He was preceded in death by his father Earnest William Snodgrass Sr., a sister-in-law Kren Snodgrass and nephew Brian Dalton.

Online condolences: can be sent to his son (Jim's) email address at: thehatchling@msn.com

Source: CDF Firefighters.org - Link

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