US AIR FORCE VETERAN
The family of Mr. Daniel Douglas Snow, a US Air Force Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.
Daniel Douglas Snow (Dan), 59. Born 5/28/1960 – Died 12/5/2019. Place of Birth- Philadelphia PA – Place of Death San Antonio Tx, lived in Castroville, Texas with his wife Natalie and their 4 Great Danes. Dan met Natalie in 2002, where they moved in together, then eventually got married on February 14, 2007. They were together for 17 years. Dan’s Survivors, Wife: Natalie Snow Sons: Matthew Douglas Pastorius, Daniel Leland Snow, Daughter: Ashlee Marie Snow, Step-Sons: James Matthew Barth (Jennifer), Mickael Nathan Barth (Briana), Step-Daughters: Tayce Kate Tye (Eric), Alizabeth Glynn Preusquia (Anthony), Grandchildren: Zachary, Myiah, Cheyenne, James, Austin, Holden, Brooklynn, Sebastian, Mother: Janet E Straitiff Schlemmer (Robert W Sr), Father: Daniel R. Snow (Carrol), Father-n-Law: Glen Gernentz, Sisters: Laura Baker (Frank), Lisa Snow, Brother-n-Law: Derek Gernentz (Clarrisa), Nieces and Nephews: Emily, Guthrie, Eli, Aurelia, Seth, Colton, Ty, Lindsey. Proceeded in Death: Great Grandmother Buckie, Grandparents Straitiff and Snow, Grandson Joshua, Mother-n-Law Nancy Gernentz, John Branch (Catfish).
It’s not a wonder why so many people loved him. He was an incredible friend. Nothing would stand in his way to help a friend out whenever he was physically able. He was a loving husband. Randomly he would bring Natalie flowers, not because he had done something wrong, but to remind her he had thought about her that day. To also remind her how much he loved her, he knew flowers were her favorite things to receive. He did his best to be a father to his three children from the distance between them, even going as far to visit as much as his bills and bank would allow him. He did an exceptional job at being a step-father/second dad to his four step-children. He would do his best to understand their problems, help and understand the situation, but most of all he loved them as his own children. The best gift that came from Dan was his love for his grandchildren, and their love for him. He loved those kids so much part of his fight was to try and stay in their lives as long as he could.
Dan grew up with his 2 sisters, mother and father in Washington Township, PA. He went to Kiski Area High school. He married twice, having three Beautiful children. His Grandfather told him in his younger years that you are going to have to work to find something you love. Following his grandfather’s advice, he found his love for airplanes, and motorcycles. So, he chose to put his passion for planes into a career, and his passion for motorcycles his hobby. In 1978 he joined the Air Force, at Dover AFB DE. While in service he received the following: Aircraft Maintenance Specialist -431522, Air Force – Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Humanitarian Service- Medal (for the recovery of the Bodies in the Nov 1978 Jones town massacre in North Guyana). He was Honorably Discharged in 1980. In 1996 Graduated from the Aeronautical Maintenance Technician Program from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, with a Degree of Associate in Specialized Technology. With it he also received the following Certificates: Certificate of Fundamental Aircraft Maintenance, and Airframe & Powerplant Certificate. Dan started his career in 1998 as an A&P Lead/Supervisor, at Aero Corp in Lake City, FL. Then went on to Dee Howard, San Antonio Tx. From there he moved on to spend 15 years at Boeing SA, Tx. He eventually ended his career at Northrop Grumman, Lake Charles, LA.
While working at Boeing, he met his forever wife Natalie in 2002 at a friend’s BBQ. From that night not only did he gain an amazing wife, but also four amazing step-children. For 17 years, Dan showed how much of a wonderful and inspiring husband he could be.
His passion for motorcycles was astounding, he rode his bike, Boris, in the Texas heat, rain, cold and sleet. He would refuse any car ride to work, he’d rather ride. He was stubborn that way. He loved riding in the hill country with all the hills, curves and sharp turns. 0 to 130 was his motto. He loved any and all adventures. Watching sports [His football team was the Pittsburgh Steelers], fishing, hunting, canoeing, were some of the many things he loved. His favorite thing to do for relaxation was floating down the river. He also enjoyed going on bike runs and rallies with his friends. He especially loved spending time with his family, any opportunity that was given. Dan really did enjoy life to the fullest. He had one of those smiles that you would never forget, and he believed in fighting for the underdog. If he thought something wasn’t right, he would speak up. Even if he knew it would cause trouble, because it was the right thing to do. This applied at home and at work. One of the things he would always say was “What doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.” Dan fought a long hard battle with Kidney failure he didn’t want to give up, he fought with all the strength he had. But the disease put too much stress on his lungs and his heart. The disease won the battle, on December 5th at 1:25 pm, as he laid wrapped in Natalie’s arms, with his mother at his bed side. Jesus took him to Heaven that day.
As stubborn as Dan was, he had so much love to give to those he felt needed it. HE inspired many with his thoughts, his deeds, and his heart. He was truly an honorable, trustworthy, and wonderful man, that will continue to live on through all those he has touched.
WEATHER: Hi 72 / Lo 65, 13% Chance of Rain, 90% Humidity
REQUESTOR: Natalie Karol Snow, Wife
STAGING: 1:45 pm, Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1470 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78209
BRIEFING: 2:00 pm
KSU: 2:15 pm (Semper Gumby)
INTERMENT: 2:45 pm – Shelter #5
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209
RC: Tom “Tom Cat” Wilson
FC: Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener