Snyder, Matthew A.

March 08, 2006

LANCE CORPORAL MATTHEW A. SNYDER USMC, 20, of Westminster, was killed instantly March 3, 2006 while on assignment in Al Qaim, Iraq. Stationed out of Twenty Nine Palms, CA, Matt was on a convoy mission for which he volunteered when the Humvee he was traveling in overturned. LCPL Snyder was born July 18, 1985 and lived in Carroll County until he followed his heart and chose to enlist in the USMC upon graduating in 2003 from Westminster High School. After completing training at Parris Island and Camp Le Jeune, he was stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms in CA until his deployment to Iraq in February of 2006. Matt was a young man who truly loved and embraced life and he lived his twenty years to the fullest. He attended Sandymount Elementary School and loved sports. He played soccer and baseball for many years through various recreational programs. He also loved everything outdoors, including fishing and being at the beach. He loved hiking and spent many days growing up at Cascade Lake at the Skate Park. Matt was a devoted brother and cousin, who enjoyed family parties, playing football games and swimming in the pool. He was a wonderful role model to his younger cousins. Matt was proud to be a Marine and filled the position with dignity. Just before his deployment, Matt said he volunteered for convoy escort security because in his words, "there was a position that needs to be filled and I'm a Marine". Matt was the beloved son of Julia A Snyder (nee Francis) of Westminster and Albert L. Snyder of York, PA and the beloved brother of Sarah Anne and Tracie Lynne. He was the cherished grandson of maternal grandparents John and Cay Francis and paternal grandparents Albert and Rosemary Snyder, great-grandson of maternal grandmother Helyn Pessaro; dear nephew of Cathy and Grant Menefee, Jane and Tommy Perkins, Andy and Mary Anne Francis, Bonnie Snyder and Debbie and Mark Krause; loving cousin of Emilie, Luke and John Menefee, Tommy, Heather, Billy and Catie Perkins, Drew and Kayla Francis, Sam and Jess Krause and many close friends. He was predeceased by cousin Lauren Francis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in his home parish of St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster of Friday, March 10 at 10:15 a.m. Interment will be in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster on Thursday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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