Aedan Snead

Aedan Thomas Snead

Sunday, July 7th, 2019
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Aedan Thomas Snead found his final peace on Sunday, July 7, in his hometown of Florence. He was 21.
What Aedan chose to do, he did exceedingly well. And what he chose to do most was explore Montana’s wilds and collect its bounties. His Facebook and Instagram feeds were a virtual trophy hall of game and fish of all types, mixed together with photos of the sheds, huckleberries and morels that he gathered during his long treks in the woods.

Working as a taxidermist at Game Trails Wildlife Studio, he helped populate the trophy walls of others with stunningly lifelike and unique mounts. The work drew on both his deep respect for nature and his artistic sensibilities. With just five years of experience he managed to win top honors in his category and division at the 2019 Montana Taxidermists Association convention, for a whitetail deer mount that he hadn’t even prepared for competition.

Aedan was, at once, a free spirit and a kindhearted friend whose quiet ease made friends and family feel more relaxed and secure when he was around. He never burdened others with any of his own worries, and was always the first to volunteer when help was needed – always with that impish grin creasing his freckles. He learned a tireless work ethic from his father Mark, with whom he spent many long days cutting firewood and tending chickens, cows, pigs and more. From his mother Tisha he learned his deep kindness and generosity towards others.

A 2016 graduate of Sentinel High School, Aedan is survived by his father Mark (Jasmine) Snead, Florence; his mother Tisha Snead, Missoula; maternal grandmother Ella Mae Smith; sisters Shayla, Miya, and Milah; aunts DaLynn Nickell, Amy (Donnie) Wilkins, Nicole Smith and Ora Smith; uncles Elijah, Patrick, Jaramee, and Adam Smith; cousins Xander, Kyler, Sylvia and Julian; niece Lily; faithful Labrador Axle and numerous extended family members. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Patricia McDougall and his grandfather Bill Smith.

A celebration of Aedan’s life with reception to follow will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Garden City Funeral Home.

A memorial fund in Aedan’s name has been established at the Park Side Credit Union.
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    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
    1705 West Broadway
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
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Mike and Sande McDonald, All our love, Melissa & Drew, and others have sent flowers to the family of Aedan Thomas Snead.
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George & Jeanne Mathieus

Posted at 04:50pm
The minute I met Aedan, I was drawn to him. A kind, respectful, gracious young man. We feel lucky to have known him and send our deepest sympathies to his family.

Ora Smith

Posted at 12:44pm
Aedan my nephew I'll miss you very much. I'm sorry I only gotten to know you for a short amount of time when you were younger. Hearing and reading about all the amazing things you have done when you grown older, I know you have grown into a wonderful, kind, and talented person. We will all miss you dearly and you will always be in our hearts. Love your aunt Ora.

Posted at 01:58pm
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we leave this tribute. He was a fine young man that was a kind and gentle spirit. So gifted in the areas he loved most, the outdoors and his taxidermy skills. You all are in the many thoughts we have of your family and the absolute deep loss you have all had to bear. Love and prayers🌹Mike and Sande McDonald

Susan Roy

Posted at 01:46pm
Wonderful Aedan, the sweet and shy son of Mark. I've known you a long time and watched you grow up. I will miss your sweet smile and seeing you with your dad. Mark, you raised him to be such a handsome, keen, kind and quiet man. Love and peace to you and your family. Susan Roy

Mike and Sande McDonald

Posted at 12:43pm
As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of your kind and wonderful son, Aedan
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