Dr. Gary Richard Snyder passed away suddenly on July 8, 2013, in Bellingham, surrounded by his family.
He was born on March 1, 1941, in Olympia to Ruth (Cohn) and Charles Snyder and grew up in Walla Walla. Gary attended the University of Washington and graduated from Northwestern University Medical School. He married his college sweetheart, Alix Ann Grinstein, in 1964. He served in the Public Health Service at Johns Hopkins University and worked for 30 years as a family physician in Ferndale, Wash.
Beloved by his patients and those who knew him, Gary devoted his life to helping others and serving his community. He was a member of Whatcom North Rotary, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and was honored to serve as a member of the St. Luke’s and Peace Health (St. Joseph’s) Hospital boards. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gardening, boating and skiing.
He is survived by his wife, Alix Ann; son, Adam (Janna); daughter, Elizabeth (Marc Weinstein); grandchildren, Aviva, Xan and Sylvan; and sister, Carole Lea Raugust.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1 p.m. at Butterworth Funeral Home — Arthur A. Wright Chapel, 520 W. Raye St., Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Luke’s Foundation, 800 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225.