Mark Murray Snitzer
January 24, 1947 – May 1, 2021
Mark Snitzer was one of a kind. He came to Jacksonville in 1976 from Buffalo, NY, where there are only 2 seasons, winter, and the 4th of July. He came from a large and loving family…his parents David (z’l) and Ruth (z’l), his brothers Alan (z’l), Steve, and Howard, his beloved Tante, Thelma Zafron (z’l)…and so many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was married to his wonderful wife Susan Snitzer for 26 years and was the proud father of Julee Levine (Jason), Michelle Rhodes (Digger Thompson) and Jeffrey Snitzer. He was the adoring grandfather of Connor and Adalynn; they were truly the lights in his life. Mark had a tremendous love for life, specifically golf, the theatre, and any opportunity to be in front of a crowd of any size. He loved connecting people and connecting with people, had a joke or a story for absolutely every situation, and if not a story, then a song. Mark was well known within many circles in his 45 years in Jacksonville …through insurance, The Temple, the JCA, the theatre community, the Chamber of Commerce, The Jacksonville Jewish Center, and at his home away from home, Deercreek Country Club. He was a sports fanatic, and was often found watching, yelling at, or dozing through his favorite teams…the Florida Gators, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Buffalo Bills, and the Buffalo Sabres. He was a creature of habit, but once he decided he liked a restaurant, he became their own personal unpaid PR person. He had a favorite server everywhere and was often greeted like family in so many local establishments. In recent years, he became fond of dealing blackjack at special events, and could also be seen as a featured musical performer at local charitable events. Mark also took special joy in singing at the weddings of so many of his friend’s children. Never has Ave Maria been sung so beautifully in so many churches by a Jewish man.
He was seen on the stages of the Northeast Florida Conservatory, Theatre Jacksonville, Players-by-the-Sea, Orange Park Community Theatre and Shakespeare in the Park. He had played many a Shakespearean father, both fathers in The Fantasticks, and such memorable characters as Fagan (Oliver), Ali Hakim (Oklahoma), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), and Horace Vandergelder (Hello Dolly!). One of his proudest moments was receiving Jacksonville’s version of a Tony Award for his performance of Moonface Martin in Anything Goes.
Mark was a career blood donor, donating over 46 gallons in his lifetime, a practice he learned from his beloved father David. Mark was an organ and tissue donor as well, and his posthumous donations will hopefully help many people to regain a full quality of life.
Tributes in Mark’s memory can be made to the Gefen Choir and Music Fund at Temple Ahavath Chesed and by donating blood through OneBlood.
The world is a little quieter today without his gentle yet booming voice carrying through so many spaces. The golf course is a little emptier. Raise a glass in his honor, tell an off-color joke, eat a cinnamon raisin bagel, and hug someone you love a little tighter.
Mark Murray Snitzer
Sharon Gold Smith
May 11, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of Marks passing. The king of Jokes he was. He was a wonderful friend of my brother, Michael Gold as well as my mother and me. I remember after my brother passed Mark invited us to Passover dinner. First time I ever had homemade gefilte fish and it was so delicious. Was made by his mother. Recently I’ve seen him perform at River Garden. Was great to reunite with him. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Mark.
May 9, 2021
I'm sorry about the sad news. Mark was an inspiration to me. He told me that talent is overrated. "If you've got good looks, an average voice and an award-winning smile you'll go far." Well, since a good run beginning in 2015 ended in 2020 (I've been unemployed for over a year in New York City) regardless, I'm glad Mark encouraged me to follow my dream. Unlike Mark, performing is what I was born to do. So I'm going to hang in there. I'm playing Hodel in an off-Broadway Fiddler production opening in June. Mark's better than average Tevye at the NFC will be ringing in my head. G_d bless you, Mark, for demonstrating in every show in which I saw you, that not knowing your lines isn't fatal to a production. Pheww. Set my mind at ease! Baruch Hashem.
Doris (Eggleston) Hill
May 7, 2021
I remember Mark from Amherst Junior High and High School. My confirmation class from Amherst Community Church was exploring other religions and attended a Bar Mitzvah at Mark's Temple. At the reception, Mark approached, saying, "I didn't know you went to Temple here!" He will be remembered for his friendliness! May he be at peace.
May 6, 2021
I really liked Mark's body of work at the Northeast Florida Conservatory and in the Temple over the years. NFC was an intimate little theater that allowed Mark’s unique qualities to shine on its small audience. Mark was able to raise every performance above mediocre to reasonably enjoyable. He was able to bring a modicum of vitality to roles that were typically not played by a fellow of such advanced age. His singing at the Temple was a driving force for Chabad. Mark and I are Freemasons; so long brother. I am looking forward to your performances in the celestial lodge above. Ma Ha Bone.
May 5, 2021
I met Mark many years ago playing golf at Deercreek Country Club. I was playing as a single, reciprocating with Club Corp, when Mark ask me to play along. I played with Mark every time I came to Florida. He was a good friend and always up to play.
May 4, 2021
Such a good man! I met Mark shortly after moving to Jacksonville and he went out of his way to help me meet people and understand the city. I am so grateful to have had such a good friend who had such grace and good humor. My profound sympathy to all his family.
May 4, 2021
My condolences to all. Mark and I were high school classmates. I was stunned to learn of his passing. He was a great guy, a talented performer as a singer and actor, and a wonderful friend. May he rest in peace. Bob Holloway (Topsfield, Massachusetts, Amherst High School, Class of 1964)
May 4, 2021
Mark was one of a kind. I loved paying racquetball with him and against him. His stories and jokes will always be remembered. I enjoyed listening to him sing at the Temple.
May 3, 2021
our sincere and deep sorrow to the entire Snitzer family
Mark was a good guy with a big heart. He will be sorely missed at DEERCREEK golf and his singing prior to each tournament. May he rest in peace Allan and Jackie Cheiken