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Tracy Snyder
Tracy Snyder-Costigan
Dad,
Missing you so much these days. I'm on a bit of a rough road right now and wish I could hear your voice. So, thankful you taught me well. I am tough, as you know. You would be so proud of your grandchildren. How could you have guessed the number grew from 2 to 5 so fast. Penelope would be the most recent recipient of Pops attention. She is beautiful. Also, I know (as does Mom & my sisters) you would love love love Jim. I got it right this time. A nice Irishmen for you. I love you. Always in my thoughts!
Greg Vaniman
Greg Vaniman
Coach,
Was thinking about you today!, Your picture hangs above my desk at your alma mater El Monte High School. We met when I was the head football coach here and you gave us a picture of you while coaching at ASU. You wrote on the picture "I will always be a Lion. You were right you will always be a Lion! 
Paige Snyder
Paige Snyder
Happy Father's Day dad.  Even though you're not with us anymore, I still have so much to be thankful for on Father's Day.  You are a daily inspiration and I am comforted knowing you're still with me.
I love you so much and I miss you always.  Happy Father's Day Papason!  xoxo Paige
Debi Fox
Debi Fox
I just want my Uncle Brucie to know that I am thinking of him today on this Fathers Day - He was and still is the most influential person in my life, and holds a very special place in my heart each and every day.  I miss you so very much! Happy Fathers Day my sweet Uncle!
Mike Polachek
Mike Polachek
Linda and Family:
Bruce was a wonderful person and gave us the opportunity to befriend your family. Bruce the coach gave us so may thrills and the very realistic chance of producing the national championship for ASU in the 1996 season. But it was after Bruce coached at ASU that Jane and I really got to know the Snyder family; I imagine it was the Lake Tahoe connection but whatever the reason we are better people for our friendship with Bruce and Linda. You will always be fond memories in our lives and we wish you much health and happiness now and in the future.
Mike & Jane Polachek 
Tom Miller
Tom Miller
Linda, Jennifer, Tracy & Paige,

There are many people who knew Bruce better than I.  We got aquainted during the season in 1995.  I am a long time ASU fan but was never able to be a big booster.  This didn't matter to Bruce.  When he saw me at an ASU event, football practice or wherever he made it point to come and say hi.

The last two or three years prior to his illness,we would meet for lunch a couple of times a year.  Conversations at these lunches always has some football in them as he attempted to teach me some of the little things about the game and such.

The conversation also got to other important things in life and this is when I really got to know what a great person he was.  He talked of you, his family and grand kids and I could tell he was proud of you all.  He told me of some of the adventures he took, like the river trip in the Grand Canyon.  I particulary enjoyed him telling of his trip to Libya to experience the eclipes.  That was something.

I have a short list of people I have met in my life that are special to me and I really admire.  Bruce is on that list.

I am very proud to have known him as a football coach but more importantly as a person.  I will miss him.

Best wishes to you ladies and other members of your family.  You are strong individuals so I know that will help you through this.

Thoughts and prayers

Tom Miller
Casa Grande
Denny  Schuler
Denny Schuler
To The Snyder Girls,
      It took me a number of days to gather my thoughts into words when I first learned of Bruce's illness.  Once again, I've thought at length about what I want to say.
      First and most importantly, I don't doubt for a second that Bruce was a great husband and father.  I saw enough examples of that over the years to know that was true.
       What I know for an absolute fact was he became a great coach.  I don't think any of us in that profession were ever born great coaches.  We all were mentored and developed to certain degrees.  Your husband and father never stopped growing as a coach.  He knew the football part from the get go.  Many of his concepts ("throw to score, run to win") I've adopted and repeated thru the years.  What made Bruce unique in my opinion was his inquisitiveness.  He was always striving for himself and his staff to be better communicators and teachers.  He was tough and his teams played that way.  His players always knew where he stood and where they stood.  He had standards and they were to be adhered to.  But what separated him from the other head coaches I've been associated with was his continual desire to do things better.  Not necessarily x's and 0's, but many of the tough issues off the field that every program must face and deal with.  Recruiting, player develoment, academics to name a few come to mind.  Many of the hard lessons learned by players have paid dividends over the years as I read the guestbook.  As I said in an earlier entry, he in a way never stopped coaching us as he reminded us in his journal that family and friends are the things that really matter in life.
      Our relationship evolved, like many others I presume, from me being one of his players, then one of his assistant coaches, to finally to a good friend.  I remember receiving a note from him one year signed "your friend".  It was a compliment I never forgot.
     Bruce fought hard this past year as we all know.  He wrote to his good friend Darryl Ashbacker "how the struggle is waged is as important as the outcome itself.  Courage, dignity, and grace are the attributes I want my family to witness".  I believe he did all that and much, much more as he touched and influenced thousands of people, many who had never met.  Your husband and father was truly an inspiration to so many of us and I have never used that word to describe an individual.  I doubt I'll ever use it again.
      The Snyder Girls  can be very proud.

                                                          Your friend,
                                                                   Denny
sara bresnahan
sara bresnahan
Bruce,
We were blessed to know you.  We learned so much from you in such a short time. There are so many things you said that I will use throughout my life. The one that comes most often to my mind is, "if they knock you down eight times, get up nine!"  Your kindness, strength, courage and wisdom will be with me all the days of my life. 

Linda, Jennifer, Tracey, Paige and Ella,
May the love of your family and friends and Bruce's love, as well as his humor and strength, carry you through each day.  You are an incredible family and group of women. We are here to support you in any way we can.

Love to all of you,
Sara Bresnahan
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson
I am so happy that there is an opportunity to send you a note about Bruce.  You really do not know me.  I played for Coach Bruce in 1969-72 at the UofO.  He was a terrific guy and has always been very genuine in his friendliness every time I had contact with him since those years.  I continued coaching and teaching for the duration of my career at Cottage Grove Oregon.  People like Bruce are the ones that encourage me to do what I have done.  It is with his role model that I paved my career.  I retired last June from teaching but I still coach and love every minute of it.  Upon retirement Doug Post invited me to join a group of alums for a golf outing.  
I just had the opportunity to spend 3 great days at Black Butte with a very friendly group of guys at the annual GOFUB gathering.  Me, being the youngest attendee felt very fortunate to be invited. However young I was did not matter to this great group of guys.  Doug, Rich, Dave, Ron, and all other older Ducks made me feel very welcome.  The most wonderful aspect of this gathering was the warmth and love that I felt for each other.  This was displayed through the thoughtful words and memories that were shared about Bruce and the time that all of these men were able to spend with him.  I was humbled by their friendship with each other and especially to their friend, Bruce.  This opportunity was an experience of a life time and made me appreciate the friends that I have even more than I already do.
I sincerely hope that you continue to live life as Coach Bruce would want and cherish each moment that you have had with each other and your loved ones.
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to know Bruce.  
Sincerely,  Bill Thompson
  
Sue  Pagett
Sue Pagett
Dana and I think about the Snyders often.  You all touched our lives in so many good ways.  We are so thankful for all of the good friends we made in Logan.  What a valued and cherished place you will always have in our hearts.  Thank you, thank you for all of those wonderful times. 

Love, Dana and Sue  (Kato & Kitty)
Tracy Snyder
Tracy Snyder-Costigan
Dad,
Missing you so much these days. I'm on a bit of a rough road right now and wish I could hear your voice. So, thankful you taught me well. I am tough, as you know. You would be so proud of your grandchildren. How could you have guessed the number grew from 2 to 5 so fast. Penelope would be the most recent recipient of Pops attention. She is beautiful. Also, I know (as does Mom & my sisters) you would love love love Jim. I got it right this time. A nice Irishmen for you. I love you. Always in my thoughts!
Greg Vaniman
Greg Vaniman
Coach,
Was thinking about you today!, Your picture hangs above my desk at your alma mater El Monte High School. We met when I was the head football coach here and you gave us a picture of you while coaching at ASU. You wrote on the picture "I will always be a Lion. You were right you will always be a Lion! 
Debi Fox
Debi Fox
I just want my Uncle Brucie to know that I am thinking of him today on this Fathers Day - He was and still is the most influential person in my life, and holds a very special place in my heart each and every day.  I miss you so very much! Happy Fathers Day my sweet Uncle!
Mike Polachek
Mike Polachek
Linda and Family:
Bruce was a wonderful person and gave us the opportunity to befriend your family. Bruce the coach gave us so may thrills and the very realistic chance of producing the national championship for ASU in the 1996 season. But it was after Bruce coached at ASU that Jane and I really got to know the Snyder family; I imagine it was the Lake Tahoe connection but whatever the reason we are better people for our friendship with Bruce and Linda. You will always be fond memories in our lives and we wish you much health and happiness now and in the future.
Mike & Jane Polachek 
Denny  Schuler
Denny Schuler
To The Snyder Girls,
      It took me a number of days to gather my thoughts into words when I first learned of Bruce's illness.  Once again, I've thought at length about what I want to say.
      First and most importantly, I don't doubt for a second that Bruce was a great husband and father.  I saw enough examples of that over the years to know that was true.
       What I know for an absolute fact was he became a great coach.  I don't think any of us in that profession were ever born great coaches.  We all were mentored and developed to certain degrees.  Your husband and father never stopped growing as a coach.  He knew the football part from the get go.  Many of his concepts ("throw to score, run to win") I've adopted and repeated thru the years.  What made Bruce unique in my opinion was his inquisitiveness.  He was always striving for himself and his staff to be better communicators and teachers.  He was tough and his teams played that way.  His players always knew where he stood and where they stood.  He had standards and they were to be adhered to.  But what separated him from the other head coaches I've been associated with was his continual desire to do things better.  Not necessarily x's and 0's, but many of the tough issues off the field that every program must face and deal with.  Recruiting, player develoment, academics to name a few come to mind.  Many of the hard lessons learned by players have paid dividends over the years as I read the guestbook.  As I said in an earlier entry, he in a way never stopped coaching us as he reminded us in his journal that family and friends are the things that really matter in life.
      Our relationship evolved, like many others I presume, from me being one of his players, then one of his assistant coaches, to finally to a good friend.  I remember receiving a note from him one year signed "your friend".  It was a compliment I never forgot.
     Bruce fought hard this past year as we all know.  He wrote to his good friend Darryl Ashbacker "how the struggle is waged is as important as the outcome itself.  Courage, dignity, and grace are the attributes I want my family to witness".  I believe he did all that and much, much more as he touched and influenced thousands of people, many who had never met.  Your husband and father was truly an inspiration to so many of us and I have never used that word to describe an individual.  I doubt I'll ever use it again.
      The Snyder Girls  can be very proud.

                                                          Your friend,
                                                                   Denny
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson
I am so happy that there is an opportunity to send you a note about Bruce.  You really do not know me.  I played for Coach Bruce in 1969-72 at the UofO.  He was a terrific guy and has always been very genuine in his friendliness every time I had contact with him since those years.  I continued coaching and teaching for the duration of my career at Cottage Grove Oregon.  People like Bruce are the ones that encourage me to do what I have done.  It is with his role model that I paved my career.  I retired last June from teaching but I still coach and love every minute of it.  Upon retirement Doug Post invited me to join a group of alums for a golf outing.  
I just had the opportunity to spend 3 great days at Black Butte with a very friendly group of guys at the annual GOFUB gathering.  Me, being the youngest attendee felt very fortunate to be invited. However young I was did not matter to this great group of guys.  Doug, Rich, Dave, Ron, and all other older Ducks made me feel very welcome.  The most wonderful aspect of this gathering was the warmth and love that I felt for each other.  This was displayed through the thoughtful words and memories that were shared about Bruce and the time that all of these men were able to spend with him.  I was humbled by their friendship with each other and especially to their friend, Bruce.  This opportunity was an experience of a life time and made me appreciate the friends that I have even more than I already do.
I sincerely hope that you continue to live life as Coach Bruce would want and cherish each moment that you have had with each other and your loved ones.
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to know Bruce.  
Sincerely,  Bill Thompson
  
Paige Snyder
Paige Snyder
Happy Father's Day dad.  Even though you're not with us anymore, I still have so much to be thankful for on Father's Day.  You are a daily inspiration and I am comforted knowing you're still with me.
I love you so much and I miss you always.  Happy Father's Day Papason!  xoxo Paige
Tom Miller
Tom Miller
Linda, Jennifer, Tracy & Paige,

There are many people who knew Bruce better than I.  We got aquainted during the season in 1995.  I am a long time ASU fan but was never able to be a big booster.  This didn't matter to Bruce.  When he saw me at an ASU event, football practice or wherever he made it point to come and say hi.

The last two or three years prior to his illness,we would meet for lunch a couple of times a year.  Conversations at these lunches always has some football in them as he attempted to teach me some of the little things about the game and such.

The conversation also got to other important things in life and this is when I really got to know what a great person he was.  He talked of you, his family and grand kids and I could tell he was proud of you all.  He told me of some of the adventures he took, like the river trip in the Grand Canyon.  I particulary enjoyed him telling of his trip to Libya to experience the eclipes.  That was something.

I have a short list of people I have met in my life that are special to me and I really admire.  Bruce is on that list.

I am very proud to have known him as a football coach but more importantly as a person.  I will miss him.

Best wishes to you ladies and other members of your family.  You are strong individuals so I know that will help you through this.

Thoughts and prayers

Tom Miller
Casa Grande
sara bresnahan
sara bresnahan
Bruce,
We were blessed to know you.  We learned so much from you in such a short time. There are so many things you said that I will use throughout my life. The one that comes most often to my mind is, "if they knock you down eight times, get up nine!"  Your kindness, strength, courage and wisdom will be with me all the days of my life. 

Linda, Jennifer, Tracey, Paige and Ella,
May the love of your family and friends and Bruce's love, as well as his humor and strength, carry you through each day.  You are an incredible family and group of women. We are here to support you in any way we can.

Love to all of you,
Sara Bresnahan
Sue  Pagett
Sue Pagett
Dana and I think about the Snyders often.  You all touched our lives in so many good ways.  We are so thankful for all of the good friends we made in Logan.  What a valued and cherished place you will always have in our hearts.  Thank you, thank you for all of those wonderful times. 

Love, Dana and Sue  (Kato & Kitty)
Tracy Snyder
Tracy Snyder-Costigan
Dad,
Missing you so much these days. I'm on a bit of a rough road right now and wish I could hear your voice. So, thankful you taught me well. I am tough, as you know. You would be so proud of your grandchildren. How could you have guessed the number grew from 2 to 5 so fast. Penelope would be the most recent recipient of Pops attention. She is beautiful. Also, I know (as does Mom & my sisters) you would love love love Jim. I got it right this time. A nice Irishmen for you. I love you. Always in my thoughts!
Mike Polachek
Mike Polachek
Linda and Family:
Bruce was a wonderful person and gave us the opportunity to befriend your family. Bruce the coach gave us so may thrills and the very realistic chance of producing the national championship for ASU in the 1996 season. But it was after Bruce coached at ASU that Jane and I really got to know the Snyder family; I imagine it was the Lake Tahoe connection but whatever the reason we are better people for our friendship with Bruce and Linda. You will always be fond memories in our lives and we wish you much health and happiness now and in the future.
Mike & Jane Polachek 
sara bresnahan
sara bresnahan
Bruce,
We were blessed to know you.  We learned so much from you in such a short time. There are so many things you said that I will use throughout my life. The one that comes most often to my mind is, "if they knock you down eight times, get up nine!"  Your kindness, strength, courage and wisdom will be with me all the days of my life. 

Linda, Jennifer, Tracey, Paige and Ella,
May the love of your family and friends and Bruce's love, as well as his humor and strength, carry you through each day.  You are an incredible family and group of women. We are here to support you in any way we can.

Love to all of you,
Sara Bresnahan
Paige Snyder
Paige Snyder
Happy Father's Day dad.  Even though you're not with us anymore, I still have so much to be thankful for on Father's Day.  You are a daily inspiration and I am comforted knowing you're still with me.
I love you so much and I miss you always.  Happy Father's Day Papason!  xoxo Paige
Tom Miller
Tom Miller
Linda, Jennifer, Tracy & Paige,

There are many people who knew Bruce better than I.  We got aquainted during the season in 1995.  I am a long time ASU fan but was never able to be a big booster.  This didn't matter to Bruce.  When he saw me at an ASU event, football practice or wherever he made it point to come and say hi.

The last two or three years prior to his illness,we would meet for lunch a couple of times a year.  Conversations at these lunches always has some football in them as he attempted to teach me some of the little things about the game and such.

The conversation also got to other important things in life and this is when I really got to know what a great person he was.  He talked of you, his family and grand kids and I could tell he was proud of you all.  He told me of some of the adventures he took, like the river trip in the Grand Canyon.  I particulary enjoyed him telling of his trip to Libya to experience the eclipes.  That was something.

I have a short list of people I have met in my life that are special to me and I really admire.  Bruce is on that list.

I am very proud to have known him as a football coach but more importantly as a person.  I will miss him.

Best wishes to you ladies and other members of your family.  You are strong individuals so I know that will help you through this.

Thoughts and prayers

Tom Miller
Casa Grande
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson
I am so happy that there is an opportunity to send you a note about Bruce.  You really do not know me.  I played for Coach Bruce in 1969-72 at the UofO.  He was a terrific guy and has always been very genuine in his friendliness every time I had contact with him since those years.  I continued coaching and teaching for the duration of my career at Cottage Grove Oregon.  People like Bruce are the ones that encourage me to do what I have done.  It is with his role model that I paved my career.  I retired last June from teaching but I still coach and love every minute of it.  Upon retirement Doug Post invited me to join a group of alums for a golf outing.  
I just had the opportunity to spend 3 great days at Black Butte with a very friendly group of guys at the annual GOFUB gathering.  Me, being the youngest attendee felt very fortunate to be invited. However young I was did not matter to this great group of guys.  Doug, Rich, Dave, Ron, and all other older Ducks made me feel very welcome.  The most wonderful aspect of this gathering was the warmth and love that I felt for each other.  This was displayed through the thoughtful words and memories that were shared about Bruce and the time that all of these men were able to spend with him.  I was humbled by their friendship with each other and especially to their friend, Bruce.  This opportunity was an experience of a life time and made me appreciate the friends that I have even more than I already do.
I sincerely hope that you continue to live life as Coach Bruce would want and cherish each moment that you have had with each other and your loved ones.
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to know Bruce.  
Sincerely,  Bill Thompson
  
Greg Vaniman
Greg Vaniman
Coach,
Was thinking about you today!, Your picture hangs above my desk at your alma mater El Monte High School. We met when I was the head football coach here and you gave us a picture of you while coaching at ASU. You wrote on the picture "I will always be a Lion. You were right you will always be a Lion! 
Debi Fox
Debi Fox
I just want my Uncle Brucie to know that I am thinking of him today on this Fathers Day - He was and still is the most influential person in my life, and holds a very special place in my heart each and every day.  I miss you so very much! Happy Fathers Day my sweet Uncle!
Denny  Schuler
Denny Schuler
To The Snyder Girls,
      It took me a number of days to gather my thoughts into words when I first learned of Bruce's illness.  Once again, I've thought at length about what I want to say.
      First and most importantly, I don't doubt for a second that Bruce was a great husband and father.  I saw enough examples of that over the years to know that was true.
       What I know for an absolute fact was he became a great coach.  I don't think any of us in that profession were ever born great coaches.  We all were mentored and developed to certain degrees.  Your husband and father never stopped growing as a coach.  He knew the football part from the get go.  Many of his concepts ("throw to score, run to win") I've adopted and repeated thru the years.  What made Bruce unique in my opinion was his inquisitiveness.  He was always striving for himself and his staff to be better communicators and teachers.  He was tough and his teams played that way.  His players always knew where he stood and where they stood.  He had standards and they were to be adhered to.  But what separated him from the other head coaches I've been associated with was his continual desire to do things better.  Not necessarily x's and 0's, but many of the tough issues off the field that every program must face and deal with.  Recruiting, player develoment, academics to name a few come to mind.  Many of the hard lessons learned by players have paid dividends over the years as I read the guestbook.  As I said in an earlier entry, he in a way never stopped coaching us as he reminded us in his journal that family and friends are the things that really matter in life.
      Our relationship evolved, like many others I presume, from me being one of his players, then one of his assistant coaches, to finally to a good friend.  I remember receiving a note from him one year signed "your friend".  It was a compliment I never forgot.
     Bruce fought hard this past year as we all know.  He wrote to his good friend Darryl Ashbacker "how the struggle is waged is as important as the outcome itself.  Courage, dignity, and grace are the attributes I want my family to witness".  I believe he did all that and much, much more as he touched and influenced thousands of people, many who had never met.  Your husband and father was truly an inspiration to so many of us and I have never used that word to describe an individual.  I doubt I'll ever use it again.
      The Snyder Girls  can be very proud.

                                                          Your friend,
                                                                   Denny
Sue  Pagett
Sue Pagett
Dana and I think about the Snyders often.  You all touched our lives in so many good ways.  We are so thankful for all of the good friends we made in Logan.  What a valued and cherished place you will always have in our hearts.  Thank you, thank you for all of those wonderful times. 

Love, Dana and Sue  (Kato & Kitty)