GODFREY — Lewis and Clark Community College will pay homage to alumnus Blake Snyder during the Trailblazers Men’s Soccer team’s final home game of the season on Saturday.
A brief ceremony and special presentation to Snyder’s family will take place at 3 p.m. at the Soccer Stadium on the college’s Godfrey campus, followed by a late start against Parkland College.
During the game, L&C will be taking donations from those in attendance for BackStoppers in support of Snyder’s family. Those who make a donation of $10 or greater will receive a commemorative Snyder 11 shirt.
Snyder, a 2003 graduate, former Trailblazers soccer player and son of former administrator and Professor Emeritus Dick Snyder, was a member of the St. Louis County Police Department who was killed Oct. 6 in the line of duty near Affton, Mo. He leaves behind a wife, Elizabeth, and their 2-year-old son.
“Snyder and his family have left an enormous impact on the college,” L&C President Dale Chapman said. “Our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time.”
Blake’s father, Professor Emeritus Dick Snyder, served as an assistant and associate professor in biology at L&C in the 1970s before taking on the role of director of health and natural sciences in 1979. From 1987-1992, he was a professor of chemistry before becoming the college’s vice president of administration from 1992-2001, then the dean of allied health, mathematics and science from 2001 until his retirement in 2005. Blake’s brother, Adam Snyder, also attended Lewis and Clark (1998-2000), and worked as a clinical dentist and adjunct faculty member in dental hygiene from 2007-2011. He is owner and pediatric dentist at Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry LLC in Bethalto.
Blake Snyder graduated from Alton High School in 2001 and attended Lewis and Clark from 2001-2003. In 2006, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Ranken Technical College. Before joining the St. Louis County Police Department in 2012, Blake worked as a graphic designer and served on the Board of Directors at Riverbend Family Ministries from 2008 to 2012.
To honor Snyder’s memory, flags are being flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday, Oct. 13. The Lewis and Clark Faculty Association also plans to make a donation to BackStoppers in his honor.
For news and updates, visit the Facebook event at facebook.com/events/1197344943645253. For more information, contact L&C Director of Athletics Doug Stotler at (618) 468-6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.