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Dean Allen Snatchko

  • On October 7, 2020

A gift to those who could call him a friend, Dean Allen Snatchko of Delta, Ohio died peacefully in his sleep sometime during the early hours of Friday, September 25, 2020.

Born September 7th 1972 in Pittsburgh, PA to parents, John and Sandy (Allen) Snatchko, Dean grew up in McDonald, Pennsylvania and attended West Allegheny school district graduating in 1990. He continued his education at Point Park University pursuing film making but left in 1992 to enlist in the US Navy. After completing two years of training in Chicago, Illinois as a Gas Turbine Systems technician, he was assigned to duty in Mayport, Florida on the USS McInerney (FFG-8).
By the time Dean was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1998 he had risen to the LPO of the MER on the McInerney. He then entered studies at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in West Mifflin, PA. where he graduated in 2000 with an associate’s degree in Aeronautical Maintenance with Airframe and Powerplant licenses. Because of his outstanding academic achievement there, he earned a position with US Airways’ sheet metal shop at its’ Pittsburgh hub right after graduation and worked there until 2002.

In the years following, Dean expanded his skills and directed his focus to corporate aviation. He worked for Cessna Aircraft Company in Swanton, Ohio, Bombardier Aerospace in Bridgeport, WV, National Flight Services, Inc. in Swanton, Ohio and spent his last five and a half years with Dallas Airmotive in Washington, PA.

Dean’s knowledge as a mechanic in aviation was extensive. He held lead technician positions in structures and in research and development, was well regarded in his ability in sheet metal work, general maintenance, troubleshooting, inspection,  engine repair and overhaul and r&d work in which he built a test cell.

Throughout his work in the Navy and later as an aircraft mechanic, Dean traveled extensively including throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and even Iceland. But nowhere he wanted to be more than was at home with his family.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and true friend who wore a warm smile and easily gave a greeting of a “what’s up?” and wave wherever he would go. He was a multi-faceted diamond of a man rich with humor and tales of his travels, dreams, passions and thoughts. His talents and interests were like that of a painter’s palette so varied, colorful and many that a simple list here could not detail them all.

He is survived by his best friend and partner of 19 years, Dawn; his daughter, Dorian Snatchko; his son, Dylan Roman; his mother Sandy Snatchko; his brothers Regis (Desiree), John, and Samuel Snatchko; his mother-in-law Shirley Castillo; his father-in-law Donald Bertram; nieces Alyssa and Lily and numerous and beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, work family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father John Snatchko.

There will be no services as he will have a Navy burial at sea.

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Lori McCloskey
  • Oct 7 2020
Knowing you made my world a better place. Rest easy, my friend. I will love you always!
Ben Hanson
  • Oct 7 2020
You were a true friend to me on the Mighty Mac. I am better off as a person having known you. Until we meet again, fair winds and following seas, my friend.
  • Oct 7 2020
My best friend and shipmate for many years, you made me a better person. I’m truly honored to have been your friend and have you and your family in my life!
John Snatchko
  • Oct 7 2020
Dean, my wonderful friend and brother, I am so thankful for the memories, I will hold them close. You are and always will be missed.
Paul Holtz
  • Oct 7 2020
Dean would never leave you in a bad mood after a conversation! What a guy! I am blessed to have seen him recently and smiled like a lark after he called me when he got home and told of his desires to visit AZ again and this time go out with us on trail and see what all the “Gold Fuss” was about! Condolences to all family
Tina Snatchko-Hans
  • Oct 11 2020
Having Dean as my cousin was a blessing to me. I was proud to call him my cousin. Dean was a man of integrity, compassion and love for everyone. He had a beautiful wife and 2 precious children. Dean was a great husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and least of all a hard worker and a very intelligent and smart man. Dean worked so hard to get where he had got it’s an unknown mystery why God would take him away at such a young age from everyone that knew and loved him. To Dawn and their children Dorian and Dylan, Aunt Sandy, Regis (Desiree), John Mark, Luke, Sam, Alyssa and Lily You have my deepest sympathy and I’m a loss for words. R.I.P. DEAN ALLEN SNATCHKO. YOU MAY BE GONE BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN💔😢❤️
Amy, John Kennedy Mary Ann Kramer
  • Nov 3 2020
We are so sorry about Dean. It is so hard at a time like this to know what to say. Know he will be very, very missed. And that this is hard. May there be some peace that God has a very, very special place for him in heaven. We lost my brother Mark also, way too young this year. Trusting in God's plan for us all. Prayers for all. We are here if you ever need anything.