Thornton Snider passed away on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in his home in Henderson, Nev. He was born in Denair in 1918.
He was the founder of Snider Lumber Products in Turlock and a partner in Lumber City stores, located in the San Fernando Valley.
During his years in Turlock, he was active in civic organizations serving as president of the Exchange Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Turlock Sportsman’s Club.
His passion for the outdoors fueled his interest in hunting and conservation. He and his ever-present travel companion, Helen, traveled the world over on hunting expeditions. Most of his wildlife specimens were donated to museums. Thornton was recognized internationally for his contribution to hunting and conservation.
He was also known for his love of Mexico, where the warmth of winter and the wonderful hunting captured his heart many years ago. This love lead to a permanent winter residence in Manzanillo, blanketed with a lush garden of flowers, fruits and native plants. The 360-degree view from the top of a peninsula overlooks two bays, with the Pacific Ocean in the front and the mountains behind. His house is a testament to his love of Mexico, and desire to enjoy nature at its finest.
He led a full and happy life traveling to all the places he wanted, enjoying every minute of it and being with his friends.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Helen; children, Sharon Marino, Carol Blumenstein and Lance Snider; grandchildren, Kevin Marino, Shawn Marino, Aaron Snider, Laura Blumenstein and Derick Snider; great grandchildren, Timucin, Selin, Aislinn, Nola and Derin Marino; and brothers, Paul and Bernell Snider.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. on April 29 at Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N. Soderquist Rd.