Donald Ray Snow, 86, was born on Jan. 28, 1929 in Buhl, Idaho. He moved to the Sacramento area with his family at a young age. As a young man he worked in the fields picking tomatoes and raising rabbits to earn money.
His dream was to own a piece of land and grow things himself. In 1964, Don and his wife, Edna, purchased a small piece of property in Winters, because Don told his wife he needed a little something to do on weekends.
The following year, they planted a walnut orchard with the help of friends and family. Whether growing a garden big enough to feed many families or tending his orchard, Don was living his dream. For 52 years, Don farmed their land as well as adding a few plants around their home to please his wife of 66 years.
On Dec. 5, 2016 after being surrounded by loved ones, Don passed quietly at home in Winters, just weeks after last harvest. He will be remembered as a loving husband, an amazing father who was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a great friend to many, a man who worked hard, and was there for others in need.
He is survived by his wife Edna of 66 years, daughter Judy Barbosa of Vallejo, son Donald and wife Debra Watkins of Davis, daughter Susan Purkey of Winters, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother Jack, sisters Betty, Linda and Vanessa, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandson Jarrod, sister Delores, brothers Wayne, Leonard, and Robert.
The family asks for any remembrances to be sent to Yolo Hospice.
The service will be private.