Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Martin Avila was particularly moved by Kent's explanation of what liberty means which is at the end of the video.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I do know without a doubt that the first words he would breathe before saying anything else would be “thank you.” So I tell you on behalf of my brother Kent, my family, and myself, “thank you.”
Kent had not lived in Kansas City in twenty years therefore so many of you traveled great distances to be here with us today and we are so very grateful that you have made the journey, “thank you.”
I know from reading and hearing so many stories these past few weeks that there are many people here today that were also affected by Kent’s love and because of that effect, Kent’s love for us – we are all better people. There is no way to measure how his presence in this world improved our lives, the lives we touch, and so on. I would like say “thank you” to my brother – “thank you” for your life, your love, and your sacrifice for us.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Yesterday, I attended Kent Snyder's Memorial Service -- it was good to be with so many people that felt touched by Kent and his kindness and wisdom.
Best friend, Joe Becker, shared a story about how Kent really helped him with moving to Las Vegas for grad school. We also learned from Kent's sensei, Matt, what a warrior he was on the mat, suffering a broken collarbone but refusing to give up his goal of getting a black belt, and Missy, his sister told the sweetest stories about her brother. He was so proud of her when she was a baby, that he put a ribbon on her head and showed her off around the neighborhood. :)
Bill Dumas put together a tear-jerking video with photos and rare B-roll (sp?) footage of Kent speaking to the camera candidly about why liberty is so important during a campaign trip.
Martin Avila also attended and his coverage is on United Liberty.
Afterwards, we headed to a reception put together by Kent's family and shared our memories of Kent with each other. Crying and laughter was definitely heard throughout the evening.
Kent, you continue to effect others in the afterlife. We all felt so much luckier to have known you. And I know that I feel like I'm a better person because of you.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Kent Snyder is a man who stands above others but doesn't look down at others.
Kent was a friend that most people would cherish to call a friend. There are no adjectives that would truly describe how Kent lived his life, how he treated others, how he loved his family and how he saw only good in others. He really had many Christ like qualities that we know Jesus had while on earth, but most of us fall short of possessing.
I had the privilege of calling Kent my friend since Jr. High, through High School, though College and as a roommate after college as we were making our mark on the world. He had a contagiously enthusiastic personality that you knew would leave a lasting legacy on this world. I am not surprised at what he accomplished knowing Kent for many years and by the outpouring of affection and admiration he had from his friends.
I am at peace knowing I got to share a dinner conversation with Kent recently in D.C. while catching up with this remarkable person with laughter that seemed as if it were 1981 all over again. I have only seen Kent 2 times in the last 20 years but it is if time stood still and we picked up where we left off.
Kent is a man that what you see is what you get. No agendas, no ulterior motives, just a genuine love and concern for all people and a passion for life and liberty. When I think of Kent, I smile as I think of his personality and how he enjoyed a good bantering of humor with people. His influence on my life is still apparent today. Kent had a love of flying and aviation and decided to learn to fly when we were 20 years old. I would not have completed getting my pilots license if not for Kent's addictive encouragement. I would not keep my shoes polished today if not for Kent's standard of appearance. I would not use the word "scheme" or "scheming" in my vocabulary today without thinking of Kent in an endearing way.
I use the last name "Snyder" when making a restaurant reservation as it is easier to spell and pronounce than mine. My family knows the origin of this habit and asked if it wouldn't be easier if we just changed our last name to Snyder. I would not have enjoyed listening to Isaac Hayes or Teddy Pendergrass or Ray Charles or other artists that Kent introduced me to. I would not say the word cinnamon the way it was designed to be pronounced but only as Kent used to say " Cinnamumnamumnamum"( you had to hear it first hand to know what I mean).
We all have had mentors in our lives that leave impressions on what we become with the greatest of those usually our parents. Kent definitely made some lasting impressions on me as a man, husband and father. Kent was very close to his mother and loved, cherished and revered her at a very high level. They had a mutual respect for each other but above all they did love each other greatly. Kent told me recently how he admired and appreciated his dad and had real concern for his heath as if he were responsible to him for his health. He truly loved his dad. He smiled as wide as the grand canyon when talking to me about his sisters, Missy and Deana. He would have done anything to protect and guide them as they became young adults and grown women. He had a great concern and passion for his brother Rodney and only wanted the best for him despite their differences.
In the book of John, Chapter 15, Verse 13 says:
"Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".
This verse comes to mind when I think of Kent and all the people in his life that I believe he would have made the ultimate sacrifice.
I know you are in Christ's loving arms Kent. We will all miss you until that day we meet again.
Your friend. Tom
Friday, July 11, 2008
We are doing well. Although we probably won't make it to $400K by next week, your individual contributions are helping out Kent's family. The hospital is seeing the progress that we're making.
Please keep spreading the word to more people. And have a wonderful weekend!