In Memory

Scott Snider

Scott Snider

Scott Snider always put his family first -- and last.  Scott was killed tragically by an allegded drunk driver while riding his bicycle, he died June 22, 2004.

On Sunday mornings, he'd rise before dawn and make pancakes for his six children before they went to church, spooning sour cream and fresh preserves onto each stack.  And every night at bedtime, his four boys and two girls drifted off to sleep as his voice crossed the pages of the newest "Harry Potter" novel or "Go, Dog, Go."

Scott's family presented him with a new bike and helmet, a Father's Day present to help him get in shape. He was killed the next night while riding with his 14-year-old son, Harrison, along Creston Road in Paso Robles, less than 3 miles from their home.

Scott, 48, taught horticulture to inmates at the California Men's Colony, where he worked for 20 years.  The inmates and staff reflected on the life of the man with a hearty laugh and big smile.  The inmates assembled a wreath in Snider's honor with flowers he had grown.

Scott grew up in Santa Cruz and attended Soquel High School, graduating in 1974.  He moved to San Luis Obispo and attended Cal Poly, where he studied horticulture but did not graduate.

He met his wife at a church function in Cambria.

Snider lavished attention on details, his family said.  He made corsages and boutonnieres for each of his children and their prom dates.  He drove to Utah to help his eldest daughter move.  And he loved to cook, putting new recipes to a vote around the table.