A fine man has passed. David Snider had many friends and acquaintances and was well known in the city, county and state. You will hear many people say wonderful things about him in the coming days. I was fortunate to have a special friendship with David that I want to share.

I met David when we both went to work at the city in 1977, 43 years ago. We were instant friends, had a great working relationship and remained close up to his recent death. I had the distinct privilege of working with him for eight years in the Pinal County supervisor’s office as his administrative assistant. He truly cared about serving the citizens. His calendar was always full, and he met with people as early as 6 a.m. and was still serving at 8 p.m. He returned phone calls, met with both citizens and employees in his office, at their businesses, on the reservations, in farm fields or anywhere they needed to meet. He always followed through and made sure staff followed through as well.

He was a huge supporter of veterans and the military, even though he had not served. He was a true patriot, attending every event he could, riding in parades in cities and on Native lands, and working for recognition and memorials for them. He supported the employees wherever he worked and supported better pay and benefits. He worked to bring development and jobs to the area and carefully considered all proposals brought before him.

He remembered people’s birthdays, anniversaries, baby births, graduations and sent sympathy cards to grieving families. He supported the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, local sports teams, local school fundraisers including CAC Promise of the Future. He was deeply concerned about the Native Americans in his district and throughout the state.

He was well known for his service on the Elementary District Governing Board. Although he had no children in that district, he truly cared about the education of many generations of children and spent countless hours on education issues. He cared about the teachers, the condition of the buildings, supported the school staff, leadership and administration, and attended more school functions than anyone could imagine.

The man I know changed my life with his support, friendship and care for me. He encouraged me to always do my best, personally and professionally. David was there for me when my grandchild passed and when we celebrated happier days. We had inside jokes that other people never understood. He was my mentor, my boss, my buddy, my forever friend. I spoke with him less than a week before he passed and as usual our final words were I love you.

Thank you, David Snider, for being the wonderful person you were. You will be remembered forever by so many people, especially me. Your untiring work for this city, county and state will benefit future generations with the legacy you leave behind.

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Wanda Kartchner is a Casa Grande resident.

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