Karl William “Bill” Snyder was born September 16, 1928, in Salmon, Idaho, the only child of William Alonzo and Thelma (Young) Snyder.
Bill attended grade school in a one room building on Hayden Creek in Lemhi, the current Lemhi Grange Hall. He then went to high school in Leadore, where he graduated class valedictorian in 1946. He had many friends in those days, many of whom he stayed close to through his life. He liked to play high school sports and scored the only touchdown Leadore got one year in football. Bill confided that when they played football against Salmon they often “took a whipping”.
After high school Bill attended the University of Idaho. The university had a lot of returning veterans from WWII, many of whom became close friends. Being with so many ex-service men made him think that maybe he should consider doing something for his country as well. He joined the Army in January 1950. Bill was a Korean War combat veteran and was in a number of battles during that time. After his honorable discharge in 1952 he joined the Idaho National Guard and was with them until late 1960. During his service he attained the rank of Warrant Officer.
Upon the completion of his military service Bill came home to the family ranch at Lemhi to help with the business. Bill met a Salmon girl, Mae Belle O’Connor, and they were married on December 27, 1953. Three children were born of this union, Richard (Sherrie) Snyder, Randel (Rene) Snyder and Sheri (Donny) Cruzada.
Bill was active in the community. He served on the Leadore school board for 20 years, was a Life Member (67 years) of the Salmon Elks Lodge 1620, president of the local water dist. 74Q, was a member of the Lemhi Cattle and Horse Growers Association, Idaho Cattle Association, as well as other boards and committees. Bill was inducted into the East Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2005, an honor he prized very much.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife, of 64 years, Mae Belle; his children and their spouse; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren. Bill passed away in his sleep on May 9, 2018, at the Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon, Idaho.
Bill enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles as well as the trips he took with Mae Belle, family and friends. He will be missed by us all.
A celebration of life for Bill will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Jones & Casey Funeral Home Salmon, Idaho. www.jonesandcaseyfh.com.