Stephen Wayne Snyder, 53, of Fairland, Oklahoma, passed away July 30, 2019. He was born April 9, 1966 in New London, Connecticut to Wayne Snyder and Carol Fortner Snyder.
Soon after Steve’s birth his family relocated back to California where his parents were married.
Steve’s family moved to Grove, Oklahoma when he was five years old and he attended Grove schools from Kindergarten through high school. They lived on a 162-acre farm. He could drive the family’s tractor as young as 5 years old. Growing up on the farm Steve learned how to fix and repair just about anything.
During Steve’s junior high and high school years he was a Star Chapter member of Future Farmers of America and enjoyed showing calves and pigs. As a young teen he worked for a neighboring farmer and was pulled over driving without a license getting to work. Steve could drive a tractor and mow fields yet he could not drive on the roads yet. Steve’s mother had to get him a scooter so he could ‘legally’ drive himself to work.
Steve attended NEO in Miami, Oklahoma and then continued his education degree at NSU in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After college, Stephen married his first wife and taught in Joplin, Missouri for five years. While teaching in Joplin his son, Matthew, was born in 1991. During these years, Steve completed an accounting degree from Missouri Southern State University. He then returned to northeast Oklahoma to pursue an accounting career. He worked at a Sam’s Club in Tulsa as a manager.
After working at Sam’s Club, Steve was the financial manager of a furniture store in Miami, Oklahoma. After his divorce, Steve began studying to pass the CPA exams. And in the fall of 1996 Stephen met the love of his life, Lisa Garvie Snyder, and they married in November 1997.
Stephen then got serious studying for the CPA exams and by spring 1999, Stephen earned his CPA credentials. By this time Steve was working for Integris hospitals in Miami and Grove.
In August 1999 Stephen moved to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, where he returned to teaching elementary school. Stephen missed accounting and business so he wasted no time completing a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma on base. Later, he transferred to Kadena High School teaching business classes. Stephen loved teaching accounting, personal finance, and economics. Steve not only taught his students the academics, but he also loved sharing his farm stories with his students.
Stephen and his wife Lisa were residing in Okinawa until they had to return to Oklahoma in 2018 due to Stephen’s muscle weakness which was diagnosed ALS.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his son, Matthew of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his father, Wayne Snyder of Grove; mother, Carol Fortner of Denton, Texas; two sisters, Karen Snyder of Portland, Maine, and Cindy McKnight (Jeff McKnight) of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; and his Aunt Mary Kay Duerden (Ralph Duerden) of Stanwood, Washington.