PLAIN TWP.: Flags are flying at half-staff on all Plain Township government buildings in memory of retired Fire Chief Clarence L. Snyder, who died Thursday morning.
He was 85.
Mr. Snyder was the first chief of the Plain Township Fire Department, serving from 1975 to 1993. He often expressed pride that his son, Donald Snyder, followed in his footsteps as a firefighter/paramedic who later became the third chief of the department, on Jan. 6, 2012.
The son said he fondly recalled tagging along as a 10-year-old with his father to his fire-training classes.
During his tenure, Mr. Snyder organized all of the volunteer fire departments in Plain Township into a township-wide department. He also started the first full-time paramedic service for the township.
“Chief Snyder will be sorely missed because of the impact he had on our fire services,” Plain Township Trustee Scott Haws said. “He was committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of Plain Township citizens. Our condolences go out to the Snyder family.”
Mr. Snyder was a 1947 graduate of Canton McKinley High School and played football for the Bulldogs. He shared his love for the sport as co-founder of the Plain Local Midget Football Association, where he coached for many years.
His professional memberships included the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and International Fire Chiefs Association, and he served as president of the Stark County Fire Chiefs Association.
A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Snyder was a member of American Legion Post 44. He also was a member of the Plain Township Rotary, and he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 1991 for his work in the community.
Friends said he loved the Plain Township community and was known for helping people and groups in many ways, even watering the school district’s football fields before an automated sprinkler system was installed.
Mr. Snyder is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marie, and four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Little Flower Catholic Church. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. today in the church hall, 2040 Diamond St. NE.
A Firefighter Memorial Service will take place at 6 p.m.