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Donald Huish Snarr

January 30, 1923 October 21, 2018
Donald Huish Snarr
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Obituary for Donald Huish Snarr

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by family and angels on October 21, 2018 at the age of 95.

Don was born, during a snowstorm in an old pioneer home on his father's farm in Murray, Utah on January 30, 1923. He was the third child of Daniel Hanmer and Lula Minetta Huish Snarr with older siblings Thelma and Glen. He attended Bonnyview Elementary School, Murray Jr. High, and graduated from Murray High School in 1941. He started saving money for his college education by carrying pails of fresh milk to a family each morning on his way to elementary school. He received a nickel each day. . . He thought he was rich. He and his brother worked alongside their father thinning and topping beets, hauling hay, milking cows and taking care of the horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys on the family's farm.

After graduating from Murray High School, he enrolled in the University of Utah College of Electrical Engineering. A year after the onset of World War II, although deferred from the draft due to his engineering student status, he voluntarily joined the U.S. Army Air Force. Trained as a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot, Don was stationed in Europe completing 35 bombing missions. He then received training to fly the C-54 troop and cargo transport assigned to the Pacific, flying in occupation troops and recovering POWs from Japan. He was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant.

Don returned to the University of Utah, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in June 1948. While at school he enjoyed many of the activities, especially the football and basketball, and continued to assist in operating the family farm.

Jobs in electrical engineering were hard to get locally, so Don began working for Murray City surveying the city laying out curbs, gutters and sidewalks. He began his engineering career with the Union Pacific Railroad, doing electrical maintenance on steam engines and diesel engines. In 1951 he transferred to the UPRR Research and Mechanical Standards Division (as an electrical engineer) at the headquarters building in Omaha, Nebraska. He changed jobs and returned to Murray in March of 1956, working for the next 25 years in the heavy industrial electrical contracting business building power lines, substations, industrial / commercial buildings and hospitals.

For the next 13 years he was engaged as an electrical engineer, responsible for project management, developing proposals and bidding projects for the engineering and design of industrial projects.

During Don’s professional career he was active in community service. He was appointed to the city Planning and Zoning Board for one term of 3 years, responsible to review builders plans for compliance, review requests to change zoning to meet the newer building needs, and providing counsel or advice to the City Administration regarding compliance with city zoning and building regulations as these projects developed. One of the most notable building project requests during this term was the Fashion Place Mall. This mall has made a large positive impact upon the entire city of Murray.

He served on the first Murray City Power Advisory Board for over 22 years, from 1972-1994. He provided technically effective and efficient advice and counsel to the City Administration regarding the ever-increasing needs and maintenance of the city’s power system. Don was instrumental in promoting power system facility upgrades and finding additional supplies to support the growing city power needs.

Don enjoyed many activities and pursuits during his lifetime, which include raising domesticated beaver, real estate, specialized tool for power industry, oil & gas, and mining development, fishing, hunting and games with the family. He loved to garden even into he 90s producing various fruits and vegetables sharing with family and neighbors. He was an avid Utah college sport enthusiast, particularly for Brigham Young University.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved serving his church as a Home Teacher, Branch President (Council Bluffs, Iowa), Bishop, Stake Missionary, High Councilor, regular temple worker and other callings. After retirement he served an 18 month full-time mission with his wife, Jean, to Auckland, New Zealand. Upon returning, they resume weekly service in the temple and served as Branch President in a Murray rehabilitation center.

While working in Omaha, he married his sweetheart, Marian Jean Wood of Murray on September 26, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They made their first residence just across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Upon returning to Murray they built a new home on an acre lot from the old family farm. Together they raised seven children in Murray, the first two born in Council Bluffs and the remaining in Murray. He loves his family and is happy that they know how to work and are productive citizens of the community. They recently celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Jean; sons, Larry (Debbie), Paul (Stacy) and James; daughters, Sheree (Fritz) Fabian, Jeanine (Randy) Larson, Karen (Scott) Bitters; daughter-in-law, Lee Anne; 25 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way. Preceded in death by his parents; siblings; his son, Kerry; grandson, Tyler Snarr; and great-granddaughter, Ivy Larson.

Don and the Snarr Family appreciate the loving support provided by Pacifica Senior Living caring staff members and Harmony Home Health and Hospice with special thanks to Alissa, Jennifer, Larry, Max, Laurie, Tricia and Chris.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Germania Ward located at 464 W. Germania Avenue, with a viewing from 10:00-10:45 a.m. An evening viewing will be held Friday, October 26, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street. Interment: Murray City Cemetery.


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6:00 PM 10/26/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray

4760 S State Street
Murray, UT 84107

Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray
4760 S State Street Murray 84107 UT
United States

Viewing

Saturday

27

Oct

10:00 AM 10/27/2018 10:00:00 AM - 10:45 AM 10/27/2018 10:45:00 AM
Germania Ward

464 W. Germania Avenue
Murray, UT 84123

Germania Ward
464 W. Germania Avenue Murray 84123 UT
United States

Service

Saturday

27

Oct

11:00 AM 10/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
Germania Ward

464 W. Germania Avenue
Murray, UT 84123

Germania Ward
464 W. Germania Avenue Murray 84123 UT
United States

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Murray City Cemetery Final Resting Place

5600 S. Vine Street
Murray, UT 84107

5600 S. Vine Street Murray 84107 UT
United States
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