James and Sharon Snell’s Obituary

With great sadness we announce the passing of James Snell 5/16/2022 and his wife Sharon Snell (Gray) 5/24/2022.

Jim was born in Canada in (1947) and made his way to Santa Barbara and fell in love with Sharon (1946). In 1989 they wed, and with their blended family started a new life. Jim, a computer hardware design engineer, started his own company Memspec before moving to California. Once in California he started working for ACC and then worked for several other electronic companies over the years. He was a man of many talents and hobbies; model trains, boating, scuba diving, panning for gold, and more.  After his stroke, he became very involved in politics, and spending time with their friends at various social clubs. Sharon was a devoted a wife, and a loving mother to all their children. She enjoyed the travelling and socializing they did together. Sharon loved to chat on the phone with friends and family but will be best remembered for never missing an opportunity to send cards to family and friends for all occasions. She had the biggest heart and was an amazing mother to all her children.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Rita Snell. He is survived by his sister Kathy “Joanie” Leonhardt (Kurt, Simone & Rudi), as well as his daughter Victoria Wolf (Snell) (Adrian & Corrina), son Peter Snell (Deanna, Danielle, Cory & Hannah).

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Bob and Louise Gray and daughter Gina Jourdan (Hodges). She is survived by her daughter Darnell Francis (Hodges) (Mat & Ethan), son in-law Bret Jourdan, and brother Jerry Gray (Gail) (Aaron & Carly).

Graveside service will be held at Goleta cemetery, July 25 at 11:00am.


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