Joshua Michael "Snow" Snowden

July 22, 1985July 10, 2017
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United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Joshua Michael Snowden died serving his country on Monday, July 10, 2017.

Staff Sergeant Snowden was born in Abilene, Texas, on July 22, 1985 to Gay Hayslett and Michael Snowden. He played lacrosse at Highland Park High School and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, later graduating from Texas State University in 2010 where he also played lacrosse. Staff Sergeant Snowden continued his military career when he was brought on active duty in July 2012 and remained as such until his passing.

Snowden, or simply “Snow” by all who knew him, was a man who loved God, his family and friends, and his country. He was an avid lover of Texas Country music, grilling steaks, and working on his truck – all at the same time whenever possible.

His father, Michael, mother, Gay, and second father, Rick, as well as his sister, Sara, and brothers Drew, Tyler, Greg, and Bryan survive him. He is preceded in death by his older brother Eric Snowden and by both sets of grandparents.

His death is a shock to family and friends; however there is comfort knowing he is in heaven with the Father and reunited in spirit with his brother.

A memorial fund has been set up in honor of United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Snowden. Please visit to make a contribution.


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 28, 2017
  • Burial Friday, July 28, 2017

Joshua Michael "Snow" Snowden

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August 2, 2017

Josh and I went to elementary school together until he moved. We wrote each other back and forth for several years until the internet became popular. I am saddened to hear about his death. Your family is in my prayers!!

David K Schmertz

July 29, 2017

I believe the Monday of Joshua's death I picked him up in Wellington Florida and took him to Palm Beach International Airport for a flight to North Carolina, he said thru conversation that he was a Marine and on his way to Arizona and had to be there that afternoon.He did say that he did say that his orders had to be approved so he could board the flight from PBI to North Carolina.As we arrived at the airport I wished him well on getting the orders approved so he could board the Delta flight.I will never forget last words I said to him, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. May he Rest In Peace and my sincere condolences to his family. David K. Schmertz, Lake Worth Florida. (Uber Driver)

Rick Steinocher

July 29, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of SSgt Snowden at this time of your loss.

Semper Fi Devil Dog

Rick Steinocher
Sgt USMC 1982-1993

Diana Anthony

July 28, 2017

Sincere condolence in you time of loss. Thank you for your service Joshua.

Kari Smith

July 28, 2017

Our most sincere condolences. May you find strength in the many memories your hold close to your heart.
Rest In Peace Sno

Audrey and Jon Early

July 27, 2017

We would like to express our deepest sympathies on the loss of your son in this tragic accident.

We will also be at DFW National Cemetery tomorrow at 2 pm to lay my father to rest.

May God hold you in his arms.

Audrey Early, daughter
TSgt R. F. Brookins, Retired, Deceased

Debbie Wilson

July 26, 2017

Mike, Gay and's been years since we've talked and we just now discovered Joshua Michael was your son. We never knew him but are both so very sorry for your loss. Your hearts must be full of love and pride for such a wonderful son. The information about Eric also saddened us deeply...I will always remember him as a little boy with blonde hair, running and laughing. You are all in our prayers.....Tom and Debbie Wilson and family

Allison Partridge

July 26, 2017

As a Marine Mom, I am ever so proud of your service to our country and I know how much you loved serving! Every Marine and Marine Families all across this U.S. grieve with your family. May God Bless Your Family and Give Peace and Comfort, to them in this time of sorrow.

Tuan Bui

July 24, 2017

Rest In Peace!!!


July 23, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.