The man who brought back Don the Beachcombers to the Tiki fanatics in Southern California passed away November 7th, 2012. Known to many like me as simply Art “The Beachcomber”, it wasn’t until the memorial last night in the Long Board Room at Don the Beachcombers that I understood the man Art Snyder was.
As a retired military officer, you would think I knew that Art was also a military officer at one point in his life. I didn’t. Art wasn’t just a military officer, he was a Marine Corps Captain. He joined the Marines in 1952 and left in 1955.
Art Snyder also finished his Jurors Doctorate at USC in 1958, another achievement many of us in the Tiki world of Beach Street never knew.
As a testament to Art Snyder’s ability to get along with anyone, he represented a predominantly hispanic neighborhood in Los Angels as a Los Angeles City Councilman from 1967 to 1985. 18 years of service to a community that he truly loved to serve.
Many of you along the Southern California coast in the Beach Street area likely have stopped into Don the Beachcombers, located in the old Sam’s Fish House on Pacific Coast Highway. You probably rubbed elbows with a smiling gentlemen in a Hawaiian shirt who just looked happy to be there, and was truly happy you were there. That was Art Snyder.
Art will be missed by a lot more than the fans of Don The Beachcombers or the Tiki Cruises that stop by every year. Art Snyder left his mark on everyone and everything he touched. His contributions to the communities in Southern California will be seen and remembered for years to come.
Art is survived by his wife Delia, his sons Neal and Miles, his daughter Erin-Marisol, and his grandchildren Codi, Levi, Arthur Connor, Boston, Lauren, Nolan, Alexandria and Garret, his daughter in law Christine and granddaughter Oelana.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation in Art’s name be made to Solheim Lutheran Home, 2230 Merton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Art Snyder November 10, 1932 – November 7, 2012