CMSgt. Donald M. Snyder, Jr. USAF (Ret.)

  • Born: April 8, 1945
  • Died: May 30, 2018
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald M. Snyder Jr. went to be with his Lord on May 30, 2018 at the age of 73.

Don was a retired CMSgt from the USAF, where he served loyally for 30 years. Don served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded numerous medals of Valor. Donald was an instructor for the Combat Arms Training & Maintenance (CATM) and the Captain of the Airforce Skeet team. Don was a member of the Armed Forces Hall of Fame and the Texas State Skeet Association Hall of Fame. Don also retired as the Executive Director of the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association (NSSA-NSCA) where he spent most of his time shooting in numerous competitions.

He was predeceased by parents, Donald and Amelia Snyder and brother, Tom Snyder.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Bertha R. Snyder; son, Curtis Snyder (Ann); daughter, Donna Snyder-Thomas (Eric); step-sons, Zane B. Perrin and Jay S. Perrin; grandchildren: Nikki, Ashlie, Colin and soon to be Malia; great- grandchild, Eowyn; sisters, Susan Gellert (David), and Ruth Tyler (Dr. Art Fournier); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family would like to thank you for your kind words and support.

11:30 A.M.

Procession will follow service for interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation under Don Snyder's name to the American Heart Association or the Prostate Cancer Association.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Don Left an impression on all he met ,Friendly, Helpful , and a friend to all. As a NSSA member in the UK Don proved to be a conciliator at times of trouble ,a cheerleader when I needed help and an all round great guy . I met don as a first time competitor at the world shoot over twenty five years ago .Don Introduced me to his wife Bertha and I can honestly say that a stronger and more loving couple I have never met .Don you will be greatly missed I am only sorry that I was unable to say goodbye in person .
Derek (DP) Wilson NSSA director England

Posted by Derek Wilson - Barnsley England - Friend   July 10, 2018

I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Don's passing - he was too young!!
I had the privilege of working closely with Don for many years at NSSA - he was Director of Skeet when I became an NSSA Officer and he served as NSSA Executive Director during my term as President. I always admired his love of our sport and his dedication to doing the right thing.
Our sport has lost a great supporter and promoter, and we have lost a very good friend. I will miss Don with his smile and his easy laugh.
Rest in Peace, Don, and God be with Bertha and Don's family.

Louise Terry NSSA Past President 2006-2008.

Posted by Louise Terry - Vero Beach,, FL - Friend   June 19, 2018

Don was first a Good Man, and influenced many to hold that path in life. He was also a very good friend to me something that I'll always carry with me. Hopefully he will be remembered and emulated for decades and continues in that way Making the World a Better Place.
My most sincere condolences to Bertha, and the rest of his family.

Posted by Phil & Barbara Nikel - New Braunfels, TX - Friend   June 18, 2018

We have lost a super soldier and a great person. Don is a person who you will never forget, and it is hard for his family and friends to accept that he is gone. I am glad that I called and talked to him prior to his passing. The San Antonio Table Tennis Club will miss his enthusiasm for the game, and I will miss his favorite shots from Idaho(smile Don).

Posted by Norman Everston - san antonio, TX - Friend   June 17, 2018

Skeet has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and teachers. Always friendly, always smiling and always welcoming to all shootersno matter your skill levelDon embodied the best attitudes of the sport. He always remembered Skeet is only a sport, and encouraged everyone to have fun. I never heard a single angry or discouraging word from Don, and he treated every shooter with respect. He was a true champion. He will be deeply, deeply missed.

Posted by David Jones - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 17, 2018

Our skeet world will never be the same without Don Snyder. Don was filled with happiness and joy, in good times and bad. He was simply the best squad leader we could ever ask for. We will miss your big laugh and big smile, and especially your true friendship, Don Snyder.

Posted by Jim and Kathleen Butler - Boerne, TX - Friend   June 13, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to the family.
Bobby and Bernadette Diver

Posted by Bobby and Bernadette Diver - Friend   June 13, 2018

Don was a unique person! No matter if you met him once a month or once a year, he had a way of making you feel good about yourself He made a difference in many peoples lives. He will be missed greatly by his 'Legion of Friends' ! May he rest in peace ! May God be with all of his Family ! Tom Heffron'

Posted by Thomas Heffron - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 13, 2018

I was truly saddened when I read of Don's passing on the NSSA site. I thought Don was a terrific guy and I enjoyed my friendship with him over the years a great deal. I always looked forward to seeing him at the World skeet shoot and we would chat many times over the course of the week and a half. I wish his family well with his loss. Pull together and do the best you can to move on. Don will be missed for sure, he was a great guy. David G. Seidel, Edina, Minnesota, Life member of NSSA 34281 / Skeet Nut

Posted by David Seidel - Edina, MN - Friend   June 13, 2018

My thoughts and prayers to the family

Posted by Veronica McDonald - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 13, 2018

The skeet shooting world lost a great promoter, teacher and competitor with Don Snyder's passing. Don was the driving force behind the Air Force Skeet Team for many years, and he will be greatly missed by all his former Air Force Skeet Team teammates. Don was a great mentor, instructor and supporter to many young (and not-so-young) military and non-military shooters. Our sincerest condolences to his wife Bertha, and the rest of Don's family.

Posted by Doug & Lorena Repaal - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 12, 2018

Ann and I will miss Don very much. He was a great competitor and a lot of fun both in skeet and at the card table playing 31.
John and Ann Hill

Posted by John & Ann Hill - Kilgore, TX - Friend   June 12, 2018

To a great friend and mentor, you will be missed both on the field and off
Mark Richardson USAF (Ret) and NSSA Master Referee

Posted by Mark Richardson - Saltillo, MS - Served in the Military together   June 12, 2018


There are no words to to describe the loss we are feeling. We are going to miss you amazing smile and sense of humor. Thank you for all your stories and help with our shooting problems. Rest In Peace Don.

Posted by Al and Teri Scooler - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 12, 2018

I will miss him very much. He was a great friend. Bertha, my prayers are with you. Jerry Adams

Posted by Jerry Adams - Kerrville, TX - Friend   June 11, 2018

Don was a great friend and instructor. He always knew how to get into my head and make me shoot better. We had a lot of fun shooting and hanging out at San Antonio Gun Club. After I moved off, every time I saw him he would act like I had just made his day. It was the other way around, he made mine. One of my favorites, he always had a smile and was ready to laugh. I'll surely miss him.

Posted by Driscoll A. Otto III - Rockport, TX - Friend   June 11, 2018

I will miss his smile & hugs ! Don was my first & best shooting instructor, those are big shoes to fill !

Prayers to Bertha & family

Posted by michelle mcnatt - san antonio, TX - Friend   June 11, 2018

Don was a true friend, outstanding boss, excellent squad mate and superlative motivator. He will be truly missed by those who really got to know him. Karen & I keeping Don, Bertha and the rest of the family in our prayers.

Posted by Karen & Rick Stockstill - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 11, 2018

It is just impossible to put in words the feelings for Don. Don was one hell of a man and a great mentor for many people. To his family we wish the best for you. May God Bless All of You. Don was a fine person and they broke the mold after him. Don, I Love you Buddy. Take Care and God Bless.

Posted by William Jones - Newport, NC - Friend   June 10, 2018

Don was a gentleman, great sportsman, and friend. A competitor fun to shoot with and against. His smile and friendship will be greatly missed.

Posted by Jody Smith - Buena Vista, CO - Friend   June 10, 2018

All our prayers and condolences to Bertha and family. While Don will be remembered by many for his Air Force career and skeet accomplishments, Ana and I will remember him for his patience and skill teaching Ana to shoot clay targets off Pat and Tom Hupps back porch about 10 years ago. Certainly not monumental for Don but started a wonderful hunting ability for Ana. Don and his smile, laugh and jokes will be missed by all. May God bless Don and Bertha.

Posted by Ralph Arnold - Vail, AZ - Friend   June 10, 2018

We are deeply saddened by Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bertha and the family. The clay target world has lost a great man and friend. I am sure our Chief's Group in Heaven is welcoming Don with open arms.

Posted by Earl & Gail Moses - Mico, TX - Served in the Military together   June 10, 2018

I remembered your dad Donna. He was so nice and super cool. We missed him too. Your family are in our prayers Donna.

Posted by Rob Lee - White Sands Missile Range, NM - Friend   June 10, 2018

RIP shipmate! Margaret and MCPO Ange....

Posted by Albert Ange - Newport News, VA - Friend   June 10, 2018

Will always remember Don for promoting skeet as fun .. nothing more, nothing less. You will be missed, but remembered fondly and always. My heart and prayers are with your family and friends.

Posted by Mike Fox - Pearland   June 09, 2018

Thoughts and prayers

Posted by Bruce H Evans - Austin, TX - Friend   June 09, 2018

To all the family members of Donald Snyder sorry for your loss and uncle RIP Aloha.

Posted by Quincy Quiocho - Family   June 09, 2018

My thoughts and love are with your family. Donna I send you hugs and prayers everyday.

Posted by Patricia San Miguel - Floresville, TX - Family Friend   June 09, 2018

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