PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Donald Wayne Snellings, of Phoenix, Ariz., was born on Aug. 30, 1943 in Fredericksburg, Va. Donald lost a valiant battle with cancer on Feb. 15, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmet and Julia Snellings of Fredericksburg, Va. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jane Bender and his two step-daughters, Natalie Wittmann Garcia and her husband Russell of Laveen, Ariz., and Rachel Wittmann of Portland, Ore.; and his beloved pet and companion, Jax.
He is also survived by his brother Emmet Leroy and his wife, Nicole Snellings and family of Fredericksburg and his sister, Ann and her husband, Robert Todd and family of Wilmington, N.C.
Donald graduated from Stafford High School in Virginia and attended Richmond Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Viet Nam war. Following his four years in the Air Force, Donald worked for many companies by providing computer and tech support. They included Northern Telecom, Advanced Research Corporation with work at the White House and top-secret government sites in the Washington, D.C. area, Mid-Plains Community College in Nebraska, and most recently Motorola and Southwest Gas both in Phoenix.
Donald will be sorely missed by the extended Bender family including, LaVern Bender, father-in-law of McCook, Dr. Chris Nix, wife Karen and family of McCook, Robert Bender, wife Stacie and family of Bakersfield, Calif., and Daniel Bender and wife, Erlinda family of Richmond, Texas.
Don was part of a loving family and enjoyed many wonderful outings on the golf course. He has a standing tee time reserved for him in heaven.
He will be most missed by his friends, Steve Lee, Larentz Green, Gina Caruso and others at Southwest Gas who provided support during Don's 15-month fight with cancer. All who knew his generous spirit and willingness to help will never forget him. He may be gone but never forgotten.
A memorial and golf outing is planned in his memory March 14.
Memorials may be made to the Donald Snellings Family.