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Obituary: Virgil C. Snow

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FRESNO, CA -- Virgil C. Snow, M.D. passed away on July 21, 2000 at home in Fresno, CA. He was 86 years old.

Virgil was born January 12, 1914 in St. George, Utah to Erastus Beman Snow, Jr. and Rosinia Christina Gregerson Snow. His parents, one brother and four sisters preceded him in death. He married his childhood sweetheart, LoRen "Loie" Watson in 1937.

Dr. Snow received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1939 and practiced general medicine prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1940. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a captain and surgeon in the 40th Infantry Division, stationed in San Luis Obispo, CA, Ft. Lewis and Yakima, WA, Kauai (Hawaii), Island of Negros (Philippines) and the Island of New Britain (New Guinea). After the war he was the chief administrator at the Kaiser Hospital in Fontana, CA for three years. In 1948, Dr. Snow moved his young family to Fresno and became the first resident in Ophthalmology at Fresno County Hospital. His specialty in Ophthalmology gave him great satisfaction, both personally and professionally. He practiced medicine for 54 years retiring in 1993 at the age of 79. Dr. Snow was a member of the Fresno-Madera Medical Society, the Fresno Rotary, and the Collegium Aesculapium.

Dr. Snow loved to travel with his family and traveled extensively seeing all the wonders of the world. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his live, he served in many capacities, including that of Bishop from 1960 to 1964. As a couple, he and his wife enjoyed serving a mission for the church in Baton Rouge, LA in 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, LoRen Watson Snow; son, Richard "Pepper" Snow (wife, Dianne); daughter, Tiffany Madsen (husband, Dick); daughter, Toni Johnson (husband, Christopher); daughter, Sydnee Russell (husband, Dana); 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Dr. Snow was always grateful that he could serve his country during the war, and that his life was preserved so he could keep his promise to the Lord to serve his fellow man throughout his life.

Viewing will be Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at Spilsbury and Beard Mortuary Chapel, 110 So. Bluff St., St. George, UT. ((435) 628-0115). Interment will be held at the St. George City Cemetery. There will be a funeral service held in Fresno, CA, Tuesday, July 25, 2000.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers can be made to the LDS General Missionary Fund, 50 E. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT