David W. Snyder, of Champaign, Ill., 81, died at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2018 at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana, Ill. He was the older of the two sons of Earl and Julia Snyder. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; brother, Leland of Boulder, Co.; two sons, Douglas and Eric from a previous marriage; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by two step-children, Jason and Beth of Champaign, and four step-grandchildren.

David was born in Evanston, Ill., on July 2, 1937. He lived in Evanston and Indianola, Ill., until 1953 when the family moved to Urbana. He attended University High School and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1961 with a degree in marketing. He was a member of the Delta Chi social fraternity and served in the United States Army from 1958-60.

In 1967, David returned to Urbana to work in the University’s Office of Business and Financial Affairs. For the next 32 years he was involved in the design, development, and implementation of several university-wide financial operating systems. He retired on April 30, 1999.

For nearly two decades he was involved in the alumni activities of his fraternity, writing newsletters, organizing alumni activities, and assisting the undergraduates with educational and development programs. He served for several years as president of the Corporation that owned and operated the fraternity’s chapter house. 

In 1998 he and his wife, to whom he was married in 1990, built a home on a lake in northern Wisconsin, in which they lived during the summer months starting in 1999. He was actively involved in the lake’s homeowner’s association, serving on its board of directors for seven years. He also served on the boards of two condo associations in Champaign, where they lived the balance of the year. He served as president for several years in the most recent association.

He was an avid follower and supporter of the University’s athletic programs, having season basketball and football tickets since 1967. David had a life-long interest in government and politics, and enjoyed playing golf and bridge.

Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the individual’s choice or to the Snyder Achievement Award Fund at the Salt Fork High School (Salt Fork CUSD #512, 701 W. Vermillion St., Catlin, Ill. 61817). 

Online Condolences can be shared with his family at www.morganmemorialhome.com.