March 24, 1934 ~ November 25, 2018

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Thornton, Colorado

Donald P. Snider, 84, of Thornton, Colorado, passed away November 25, 2018.

Don was born March 24, 1934, in Denver, Colorado and raised on a farm in the Firestone area.  After graduating high school, Don served over six years in the US Navy.  His military experience fielded a career in law enforcement in the Denver-metro area where he may be best remembered for working at Stapleton in the K-9 unit with his German Shepherd “Rebel,” as well as, in the Radio Room.  He married Beverly DeAngelis and to this union, daughters, Dawn and Tina were born.  They later divorced but stayed in touch.  Don enjoyed telling stories, spending time at the Senior Center and traveling.

Don is survived by his daughters, Dawn (John) Daschke and Tina (Dave) Jackson; grandchildren, Brittainy (John Christensen) Snider, Kayla Barela, Dominick Barela and Angelo Barela; great grandchildren, Ashley Daily, Nathaniel Paquet, Shevy Sotelo, Khaleesi Sotelo, Lyrik Sotelo, Destiny Barela and Alize Barela.  John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Katherine Snider and brother, John (Bev) Snider.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 2:00 – 7:00 PM, followed by Recitation of the Rosary, beginning at 7:00 PM, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80003.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:00 AM, Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80003.  Interment with Military Honors will immediately follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don’s name to the American Lung Association, 5600 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, #100, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111.

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Visitation: December 4, 2018 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Recitation of the Rosary : December 4, 2018 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Funeral Mass: December 5, 2018 10:00 am

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Interment: December 5, 2018 12:00 pm

Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Room: Gather at 2nd (west) gate entrance.

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was an incredible man and very well loved and respected by all of us at the Thornton Active Adult Center. He will be deeply missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless,

  2. Donald and my family grew up together in Frederick. My brother, Bill and Don were buddies. He would tell me stories of the trouble that they got into (fun trouble). He would call me to reminisce old times. He always talked to my cousin, Doris, on the phone every day. I will truly miss those calls. God Bless you, Donald. Love you.

  3. I have known Donald all my life as he was my cousin. I am part of the Koman family,that lives in Pueblo. My dad was Frank. The memories from the farm, to the House in Denver,to Donald’s marriage and the birth of his daughters, to retirement of working, to his sickness are all the things that meant so much to me. He was part of our family and I will cherish the memories forever. Glad I saw him this fall just to reminisce. Only wish I would known of his passing I would of been there. It breaks my heart. Can’t imagine the celebration in heaven. May he rest in peace.

  4. Don & Tina & Family:
    We are so sorry to hear about your dad passing, We talked just before Thanksgiving. We only wished you would have let us know so we could have paid our las respects. We all loved him very much,


    His Pueblo Family

  5. May the love of God, friends, and family comfort you. My heart hurts for you; my beloved husband, Sgt. Dale Spence, just passed away 11/11/18, and I am so thankful for the support of our Denver Police Family! I worked with your loved one in the Radio Room!

  6. I’ve known Don my entire life. Since I was born. And he lived an incredible life and was an incredible man. I wish his family well

  7. Very sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. He was a cousin and good friend to my father, Leroy Peketz. He was also the last surviving grandchild of Globeville pioneers John and Katherine Peketz.

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