Our beloved son, brother and beautiful boy William Cade Snegirev, 15, passed away Jan. 31, 2014, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Cade was born April 18, 1998, in Longview, Wash., and was raised in Palmer.

Cade accomplished so much in his short life. He was an avid reader and loved outdoor high adventure. He loved Palmer and was home on the Butte. At 12, Cade hiked 23 miles through the Bomber Glacier Trail. He traveled through Europe and the Holy Land with his grandparents in 2011. In Israel, he was able to gather olive leaves in the garden of Gethsemane. Because of this experience he gained a testimony of the Savior and his Atoning sacrifice. Cade ran his first marathon in Anchorage last year, placing third in his age division. He was a member of the Pioneer Peak 4-H Club and had raised many animals, including a grand champion reindeer. Cade was a sophomore at Palmer High School, where he played the trumpet in the Jazz band. He loved math, music and learning, which lead to his love of architecture and engineering.   

Cade had many good friends and was happiest when he was with his buddies. He was a gatherer; everyone felt they had something in common with Cade. He loved his family and his brother and sisters adored him. His kindness and gentle heart were unmatched.

Cade was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He took his priesthood responsibilities seriously and served with honor. He loved Scouting and was working toward his Eagle.

“Through our faith and sure knowledge of Christ’s plan, we know that we will see our darling boy again,” his family wrote.

Surviving are his parents, William and Lori Snegirev; brother, Heath; sisters, Cullen, Haylee, Avi and Ellery; birth mother, Alene Root; grandparents, Jane and Kerry Petersen; grandmother, Dorothy Arndt; great-grandparents, Jack and Irene Petersen; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gale William Arndt.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Feb. 8 at the LDS Palmer Chapel.

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