— July 11, 2011
Charles K. “Ken” Snyder passed away July 11, 2011, at the age of 87. Grandson of Yolo County pioneer Jacob Snyder, Ken lived his entire life on the family ranch in Solano County. Son of Charles C. Snyder and Susan Ethel Wright, Ken received his early education at Currey School, a one-room school house near Dixon, and graduated in 1941 from Davis High School.
Ken served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and then returned home to run the family farm in Solano County. He developed the property in 1957 to grow alfalfa, sugar beets and grain.
Married for 50 years to Dea Jean McEvoy, the two were blessed with five children: Charles and John (Joyce) of Winters, Robert of Davis, Steven (Roxanne) of Woodland, and Trish Paetz of Hollister.
Ken enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, fly fishing on the Upper Sacramento River, and traveling with his cousin Marjorie Way of Watsonville.
He was preceded in death by his brother Gerald of the East Bay.
He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Susan, Nathan, Wesley, Mark, Jacqueline, Shane, Jenna and Charles, and seven great-grandchildren.
Ken was an attentive and caring husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.