Vaughn Edward Sneed, also known as "Big Ed," peacefully passed away on September 30, 2023, at the age of 72 in Syracuse, Utah. He was born on March 1, 1951, in French Camp, California. Vaughn was a devoted family man who always extended a helping hand. His generous nature knew no bounds; if he possessed what you needed, he would readily give it to you.
One of Vaughn's greatest joys was spending time in his cherished garage. There, amid the tools and tinkering projects, he found solace, organizing his workspace and sharing laughter with close friends. I remember the moments of childhood, eagerly assisting my father in sorting nuts and bolts, meticulously labeling items, and keeping everything in its rightful place. Vaughn's adventurous spirit led him to own a motorcycle, and taking me for thrilling rides, creating cherished memories that I still endure.
Vaughn possessed a quick wit and distinctive sense of humor. He often amused his friends and family with his sarcastic remarks and remarked proudly that "whether he was right or wrong, he was always right." His humorous anecdotes, often drawn from his eventful past, brought joy and laughter to all those around him.
But beyond his jovial nature, Vaughn was protective of his family. With an unmistakable presence, he instilled a sense of safety and protection in the hearts of his loved ones. Once you met Vaughn, his impact remained etched in your memory; a man of strength and character, his influence was impossible to forget.
Vaughn Edward Sneed leaves behind his beloved daughter, Stephanie Marie Sneed, and adored grandson, Allen Johnson. He is also survived by his devoted sister, Joann Lima; cherished niece, Anna Lima and great nephew and niece, Deonte Lima and Shirleyann Lima. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley McBride and Herbert Sneed, as well as his dear brother, Herbert Sneed.
In addition to being a dedicated family man, Vaughn proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps for four years. During his military service, Vaughn held the esteemed position of Rifleman and fulfilled various crucial roles within the infantry unit, including patrolling and serving as a squad leader in combat planning and orders. He also contributed his skills as an infantryman in small unit helicopter operations. After his honorable service, Vaughn pursued a civilian career as a Proof Director Small Arms and an Airplane Mechanic.
In his leisure time, Vaughn cherished moments of solitude as he pursued his hobbies. He found solace in shooting, fishing, camping, and engaging in friendly competition through activities such as playing cards, bump, darts, and bowling. Vaughn also possessed an intriguing fascination with collecting cardboard boxes and plastic bags, further showcasing his unique personality and diverse interests.
Services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 9 am at Lindquist Memorial Park at Layton (Valley View Niche), 1867 N Fairfield Rd, Layton, Utah. The compassionate staff at the funeral home and in the Hospice have provided care and support during this difficult time, ensuring that Vaughn's farewell is handled with the utmost reverence and respect.
Vaughn Edward Sneed, or "Big Ed," as he was affectionately known, will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of love, humor, and unwavering strength will forever remain in our hearts and minds.