(1953 - 2010)

Nickname: Snowman

United States of America
February 28, 1953

California, United States of America
April 8, 2010

Faith, Family, Riding, Flying, Music,Helping People

The preliminary NTSB accident report can be found at:

The CELEBRATION OF VAN'S LIFE was held at the Santa Lucia Farm on SUNDAY 18 APRIL, 2010.

More than 2,000 friends and family enjoyed a gorgeous day in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Wonderful music, great food and an air parade of all the planes that Van flew with a missing man formation and taps played on Van's old harmonica. "Van Stories" were told all day and many didn't leave till dark. Van would have been proud to see that he was loved by so many.

Lindsey and the family would like to thank all who participated in the tribute to Van.

VAN SNOW was a man of passion. He was a world famous veterinarian, a loving father, a championship horseman, a fine Christian and an excellent pilot.

As an orthopedic vet, he operated on horses flown in from around the world and owned by Hollywood stars. He walked with kings, yet kept the common touch.

He was a leader and a teacher to his children, their friends and all in his midst.

He won rodeo belt buckles the size of dinner plates and often competed with son Cody in calf roping at rodeos all over the nation.

He was a man of great faith, seeing value in all of God's creatures, large and small.

He was an excellent aerobatic pilot with precision and speed. He was practicing his routine when he was killed in his F-1 Rocket.

He finally found the love of his life. His Fiance Lindsey was very supportive of all of his passions and will now keep his spirit alive on Santa Lucia Farm forever.

Van Snow left a great void in his clinic, on the ranch, at the airport and in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Now it's up to us to try to fill that void and keep his legacy alive. No easy task, Van.

We'll miss you.

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"I miss you so much uncle van!! <3 I love you"
Bayley Stevens
April 27th, 2011
"See you in heaven Van. You so deserve the love and respect all these people have shown. Dennis and Jana Ball"
jana ball
September 11th, 2010
"I miss you"
Lauren Snow
July 22nd, 2010
"I was always touched by your energy to figure things out, Horses, flying, people. We all learned soooo much from YOU!!!! You have been an incredible inspiration that will NEVER be forgotten!!! Love Mary and Todd"
Mary Dosek
April 18th, 2010
"I am blessed to have been able to call you my brother-in-law but most of all my friend. Hawaii will never be the same for us without you. The times we had we will cherish forever. If there is a heaven, I hope you are riding the best horses, flying th"
Patty Ralls
April 18th, 2010
"Van will be greatly missed by everyone. He was a great dad, roper, and person!! we will miss him lots!!<3"
cersten branquinho
April 14th, 2010
"Your Talent was exceeded only by your kindness and generosity! I will never forget you! Fly high my friend! Shy"
Shy Bourgeois
April 14th, 2010
"What a privilege we were given to know you. We had so much fun with you on New Years Eve, and watching you and Cody wrestle with those steer was a blast. The fact that you know our Lord and Savior, Jesus, means we get to see you again! Until then"
Ellis and Noelle Clark
April 14th, 2010
""Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." ~Grandma Moses. Van made life enjoyable not only for himself but everyone around him. We are all so blessed to have him in our lives. We miss you..."
Mary Huntsberger
April 14th, 2010
"I will always remember how enjoyable it was to meet Van when he can to visit and stay with me in Colorado. His smile and friendly demeanor will stay with us all. Tim Heavers, Colorado"
Tim Heavers
April 13th, 2010


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