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Fred E. Davis whitney Oaks dairy; riverdale, Calif. Fred Erwin Davis passed away on Friday, July 9, 2010, in Hanford, California. Fred was born on November 1, 1925, in Riverdale, California to Fred L. Davis and Sadie E. Davis.

Fred was the owner and operator of Whitney Oaks Dairy and was involved in major issues regarding agriculture. Being a dairyman and farmer beginning in 1946, he had many positions in the industry, Fresno D.H.I.A., Young Farmers of America, Mosquito Abatement Control District for 35 years, Riverdale Irrigation District, and Fresno County Farm Bureau. His first in- terest was for water for the San Joaquin Valley to grow crops for food and livestock. Fred also was a member of the California and National Holstein Association, American Jersey Cattle As- sociation, co-founder of the Riverdale Ice Cream Festival, the Fresno/Madera Holstein Association, plus a member of the Swiss Club in Ripon, California. Fred was also a member of Dan- ish Creamery and CDI for over 40 years.

Fred was preceded in death by son, Erwin Lee Davis. Fred is sur- vived by his spouse Mary; son, James Davis; daughter, Lynette Duston and her husband Douglas; son, W. Leslie Davis and his wife Bernadette; grandchildren, James Davis and his wife Tara, Mary Beth Cabrera and her husband Gilbert, Ann Marie Duston, Michael Madeline, and Melissa Davis; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Jackson Davis; brother, Gene Davis and his wife Grace; sister, Wilda Rife; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Ann Catholic Church in Riverdale on Monday, July 19, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Laton, California. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to MIQ Catholic School, 884 N. Lemoore Ave., Lemoore, Ca. 93245; or St. Rose McCar- thy Catholic School, 1000 N. Harris St., Hanford, Ca. 93230 or donor’s favorite charity.

Published in the Fresno Bee on July 15, 2010

Leendert “Leen” de Snayer de Snayer Dairy; Lodi, Calif. Dairyman Leen de Snayer, 50, died September 16th in a tragic car accident.

He is remembered by his family and friends as a hard working, passionate, and energetic man who always approached life in a positive way. He was an astute businessman who loved his work and all it entailed. Even though his choice of occupation required him to be on call 24 hours a day, he found it a joy and wouldn’t have it any other way. De Snayer was raised in a little town called Biert in the Netherlands on his family’s dairy farm and grew to love and appreciate dairy cows and the industry.

Funeral services were held Tursday, September 23rd at 11 a.m. at the Zion Reformed Church of Lodi, Pastor Matt Duerr pre- siding. Private graveside services were held. Memorial contribu- tions can be made to Tulare Sale Yard at 4013 South K Street, Tulare, CA 93274. Make checks payable to Cal Poly Dairy Cow Fund. In memo space on check write Leen de Snayer Memorial Fund.

Published in the Lodi News September 22, 2010

In 1984, he married Paula van Exel in Holland and emigrated to Lodi, CA to fulfill the vision of starting their own dairy. Begin- ning with only 50 milking cows, the couple worked tirelessly to grow their business. Nearly twenty-five years, after all the challenges, sweat and tears, their dairy now boasts over 1500 milking cows and 1600 non-milking cows and heifers on 700 acres - quite an achievement. While dairy farming was his pas- sion, Leen’s greatest joy came from his family. He was a devoted husband and father who loved spending time with his wife and 3 daughters. He was always ready with a big smile and laugh- ing blue eyes. Spending time together whether working, rid- ing bikes, watching a movie, attending sporting events, or just sitting at the kitchen counter laughing and telling jokes was equally special to him. Friends knew they were genuinely wel- come, and Leen always took time to visit no matter how busy he was. Tey could also count on a cup of coffee and a cookie on the side … a Dutch tradition.

As his friends and colleagues can attest, Leen was a man of strong values and humility. He was true to his word and people knew they could count on him. He was generous and would help anyone in need. In addition to the demands of his busi- ness, de Snayer was a delegate for Dairy Farmers of America Coop, sat on the board of the San Joaquin Dairy Herd Improve- ment Association and the District 5 Milk Advisory Board. Since 1986, the de Snayer Dairy hosted over 100 international agri- cultural trainees from around the world. Leen received a great deal of satisfaction being able to mentor these young students as they embarked on their careers.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Corinne de Snayer of Lodi; three daughters, Alison Corinne Stirm of Atlanta, GA married to Brandon Stirm, Jessica Ann de Snayer and Erin Lee de Snayer both of Lodi, CA; his mother, Geertje Scheygrond de Snayer of Zuidland, Netherlands; four brothers, Pleun, Gerard, Cor, and Anton de Snayer all from Biert, Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his father, Leendert de Snayer.

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