Charles John Snowden Sr., 75, died in his home in Lehi, Utah, on December 30, 2020, following a long battle with cancer. Charles was surrounded by his loving wife and children when he transitioned.
Charles, Charlie, Chuck or “Juni Babe” as he was known to family and friends was born on May 2, 1945, in Bethesda, Maryland, to Charles Tom Snowden and Margaret Emily Harriday. He was a 1963 graduate of Richard Montgomery High School where excelled in football and in 2012 was named to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles’ football talent earned him a full scholarship to New Mexico State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. His outstanding performance as a linebacker for the Aggies from 1963 to 1968 has earned him multiple honors, including membership to the Hall of Legends on the campus located in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
While at New Mexico State University, Charles met and married May Evelyn Schuler. Together, May and Charles moved to Boulder, Colorado, with their young family. Throughout their many years in Colorado, they spent time in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver. Charles and his family also spent time in Washington DC, Rochester, New York and Seattle, Washington, before settling in Utah. Charles was an active member at Second Baptist Church in Boulder, Colorado; St. John Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Baber AME Church in Rochester, New York; New Beginnings Church in Seattle; and now Centerpoint Church in Orem, Utah.
For many years Charles was a teacher with the Boulder County Public Schools. He loved being a teacher and touched many lives through his teaching and being a mentor to many young men and women. In 1994, Charles was recognized by the Miliken Family Foundation as their Educator of the Year. And in 1997, he was selected for the Boulder County Multicultural Award in recognition of his efforts in helping students gain self-esteem though improved skills and positive reinforcement. He was known throughout his teaching career for his motivational ability.
Charles loved Football and was a true advocate of the sport. He also loved to dance and to bowl. You could find him and his wife either dancing the night away or being on the same team on a bowling league. Never shy about sharing his thoughts and opinions, Charles was the author of “White Men I Love, White Men I Hate,” published in 2005 and shared his unique commentary on social, historical, and political issues on his lively Facebook forum. Most of the time he used his space to proclaim how blessed he was to love and be loved by his wife and family.
Charles is survived by his wife, May and their four children; Shelly Moore of Maryland; Latanja Morsell of New York; Charles Jr. of Utah; and Will and daughter-in-law Courtney of Utah. Eight grandchildren; Alex, Ashlee, Dredan, Christian, Zachary, Sibley, Blythe and Smith, and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts and great friends. He is proceeded in death by his parents Margaret Frazier and Charles Tom Snowden.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 11:00 am (MT) at Centerpoint in Orem, Utah. You may view the services through Live Stream at Centerpointutah.org. Flowers and cards can be sent to Larkin Mortuary at 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. Donations can be made in Charles’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.