Written by Heather Garner Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:55
Judge Snodgrass is survived by his wife, Carla Jones Snodgrass; daughter, Emily Snodgrass (Michael) Nutt; son, John David (Valerie) Snodgrass,Jr.; grandchildren, Carter Nutt, Dylan Nutt, Garrett Nutt and Claire Snodgrass.
Judge Snodgrass was preceded in death by his parents, John Milton Snodgrass and Sydie Jones Snodgrass.
"The Judge" lived a life dedicated to the law. He received a BS from the University of Alabama and then graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1962. He was a member of many organizations in college, including Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He began his long law career as an attorney for Ford, Caldwell, Ford and Payne and Huntsville in 1963. He was elected to the Alabama State Legislature in 1966 then appointed to Circuit Judgeship in Place One of the Twenty Third Judicial Circuit in 1968, and was subsequently elected in 1970,1976 and 1982. He was appointed as Presiding Judge of the Twenty Third Judicial Circuit by the Chief Justice in 1973 and then elected Presiding Judge from 1977 -1989. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada from 1983-1988, where he also served as Chairman of the Board from 1987-1988. Throughout his career he had several Supreme Court of Alabama Appointments including Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and Delegate to the National Conference of State Trial Judges to name a few. In 1989, he joined the law firm of Balch Bingham until 1995 and then became an arbitration mediator until he retired.
Judge Snodgrass was well respected, known for his fair judgment and was a staunch defender of facts and the truth. He was dedicated to many civic causes and also served on many civic boards in Huntsville. He loved the University of Alabama and was inducted as a member of the Denny Society in April, 2016.
He loved to travel, but loved his time on the farm most of all. He was an avid gardener and relished the time he spent planting flowers and vegetables and sharing them with family and friends. He was an avid reader of biography and history. He was always surrounded by family, friends, dogs, horses and cattle.
Donations in memory of Judge John D. Snodgrass may be made to the University of Alabama or Sarcoma Alliance Research Collaborators.
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