obit: Captain Douglas James Snokhous - mom Jares
West Volunteer Fire Department Captain Douglas James Snokhous, age 50, of West, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, while providing the ultimate sacrifice to the Community of West.
Joint Mass of Christian Burial for Douglas and his brother, Robert will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, with Father Ed Karasek officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West. A rosary and visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Assumption in West. The Snokhous brothers will lie in state beginning 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Aderhold Funeral Home.
Doug was born January 1, 1963 in Hillsboro, Texas, the son of Jimmy Rudolph and Louise Marie (Jares) Snokhous. Doug spent his entire life living in the town of West and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, was part of the West Boy Scouts and spent most of childhood with his Dad and Uncles at the West Volunteer Fire Department. He played baseball and football for the West Trojans and in 1981, he graduated from West High School. After high school he began his life-long career at Central Texas Iron Works, this June Doug would have been at the company for 32 years.
Doug loved spending time with family, especially his seven-month old grandson, Hogan James. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing, talking with friends and cooking BBQ. Doug’s passion was volunteering with the West Volunteer Fire Department alongside his brother Robert.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Donna Beseda Snokhous of West; two daughters Lauren and Laken Snokhous, of West and grandson Hogan James; stepsons Steven Beseda and wife Maggie, of Eva Beach, Hawaii, and Paul Beseda and wife Amy, of West; stepdaughter DeAnna Reaves and husband Brandon, of Azle; and three step-grandchildren. Sister, Karen Hoelscher, her husband Keith of West, brother Barry Snokhous and wife Sayoko, of Okinawa, Japan, sister-in-law Alison Snokhous of West; along with nieces, nephews and a great-niece and nephew.
Active pallbearers will be Charles Hutyra, Landus Hutyra, Mike Hutyra, Gary Lichnovsky, James Miller, Tommy Straten, Patrick “Bert” Vonasek and Tony Vonasek. Honorary pallbearers will be Central Texas Iron Works Employees, West Volunteer Fire Department and Tim Williams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Doug Snokhous Memorial Fund at State National Bank of West and The West Volunteer Fire Department. You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of Douglas in our memorial guest book at www.aderholdfuneralhome.com.
Aderhold Funeral Home