Taylor Watson Snyder born to Phillip Gordon and Lynne Watson Snyder, on the 3rd of November, 1971 in Modesto California, passed away on the 1st of August, 2015. He is survived by his parents and his siblings; Trent Watson (Michelle West) Snyder, Hillary Snyder (R. Max) Smith, Bentley Watson (Trish Dea Sorenson) Snyder, and Elizabeth Snyder.
He married Sharee Alaine House in the Salt Lake Temple on December 16th 1994, they were later divorced. He is survived by his four children; Austin Matthew Snyder, Bailey Dean Snyder, Eliza Jane Snyder, and Kate Lynn Snyder.
Taylor attended school at Edgemont Elementary, Farrer Jr. High, Timpview High School and BYU. He worked at BYU for 12 years and was currently working for Alliance Youth Services.
Taylor was a devoted father and held within himself an air of genuine compassion and gentle tender love that we see carried on through all of his children. He loves his children more than he could have ever possibly shown or told them. No matter how tired or exhausted he was, he always lit up when he had them around. His sense of humor is second to none and it is said that he has an excess of personality. Most one-liners that the family quotes or reoccurring jokes – the majority of them came from Taylor.
He embodied compassion and charity with such ease and with a consistency that is admirable. Taylor was gentle, unbelievably kind, and always forgiving. His immense struggles with depression, anxiety, and addiction led to his great heart and his ever growing kindness. His great loving heart began with him as a child and it grew exponentially during his life. He overcame more than any of us can ever truly know and he is admired, cherished, and loved for this.
He discovered a passion for music (specifically the electric guitar) when he was a teenager and this passion carried on throughout his life. Saying he loved to cook would be an understatement; he had talent for creating delicious food and always wanted to share these creations with others. While working at BYU he would participate in cooking competitions and his prize winning cheesecake was a delight. He would have liked to be a professional chef and we hope he is making celestial clam chowder (a favorite of his and the family's) for the celebration in heaven today. Taylor lives on through all of us. He will be missed but with that comes an ever growing love for him.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, August 8th at the Oak Hills 7th Ward Chapel, 1038 N. 1200 E. Provo, Utah from 9:30am to 10:45am. The funeral services will follow after 11:00am. Interment at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, in Provo, Utah.
Please leave your remembrances and your contact information as Taylor's mother is going to compile a book about his life for his children. Or you may email your remembrances to her at (firstname.lastname@example.org); please use the subject line, "Taylor's memory" or something similar. This is important to the family; please share so his life can continue to influence others.
ABOU BEN ADHEM By Leigh Hunt
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?"—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men."
The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
FEELING GOOD—Sung by Nina Simone
Birds flyin' high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by, you know how I feel
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me.
Yeah, it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me,
And I'm feelin' good.
…And this old world is a new world and a bold world for me...
…Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Yeah, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel..
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me
And I'm feelin'... good.