Sid Snyder, Friend of the Mariners, Rest In Peace
Former state senator Sid Snyder, a longtime Mariners season ticket holder, and a lawmaker instrumental in making the dream of Safeco Field a reality, died on Sunday at the age of 86.
Snyder and his wife Bette were honored by the Mariners on September 21, Fan Appreciation Night, as the 2012 Fans of the Year. They were introduced on the field before the game and Bette threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Snyder spent 54 years working at the state Capitol in Olympia, serving in the Washington State Senate from 1990-2002, seven of those years as leader of the Senate Democrats. Over the years, he earned a reputation for civility and the art of compromise (something in short supply in today’s politics). In 1995, Snyder, as a member of the Senate leadership, helped push through legislation that authorized funding for Safeco Field.
The Snyders became Mariners season ticket holders in 1987. When Safeco Field opened, they were founding members of the Diamond Club premium seating section, and would attend as many games as their schedule allowed.
After he retired from the Senate in 2002, Sid and Bette spent time with family at their home in Long Beach on the Washington Coast and during the Mariners season, at their place in Seattle.
Sid will be missed and the Seattle Mariners send our condolences to his family, his many friends and the colleagues on both sides of the aisle with whom he worked during his long and distinguished career of public service.