Martha & Mary resident celebrating 103rd birthday
February 16, 2012 · Updated 3:58 PM
POULSBO — George Othur Snow, a resident of Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center, celebrates his 103rd birthday on Feb. 26.
He is one of the oldest residents of the city. Emma Otis, a resident of Liberty Shores Harbor House, turned 110 on Oct. 22.
Snow was feted at a special dining party with other Martha & Mary residents on Thursday in the Health Center Chapel. His three children, daughters-in-law and granddaughter Justine Snow will celebrate his birthday at lunch at Martha & Mary on Feb. 26.
Snow was born in Gilroy, Calif. on Feb. 26, 1909, the youngest of six children. His father died when George was very young, and his mother remarried and the family moved to Sacramento.
Snow attended Sacra-mento High School, where he was a member of the Junior ROTC rifle team and selected to participate in the national target shooting contest. He traveled by train with one other competitor to the East Coast for the event. After completing two years at Sacramento Junior College, he entered the University of California Dental School, San Francisco, graduating as a doctor of dental surgery.
He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Nix, of Sacramento. He completed his residency at the Weimar Tuberculosis Sanatorium near Auburn, Calif., before he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army prior to World War II. After a short tour with the Army, he began his private dental practice in Sacramento.
After World War II broke out, Snow volunteered for the U.S. Navy and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Dental Corps. He served at the Del Monte Pre-Flight School in Monterey. He was then detailed to the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain serving at an overseas-staging camp near Camp Pendleton, Calif. He spent the rest of the war at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, performing dental work for injured naval aviators.
He returned to private practice in Sacramento after the war, where he was a family dentist and a specialist in bridge work for more than 30 years.
He was a member of a champion national rifle team, as well as national individual champion in the William Randolph Hearst Civilian Marksmanship competition.
His other hobbies included photography, boating, amateur radio and fishing, and he enjoyed unusual cars. For many years, he designed and made jewelry in gold and silver using the lost wax-casting method. He moved to Port Townsend in the early 1990s.
The Snows lived in many places over the course of their long marriage, including Sacramento and Aptos, Calif., Beaverton, Ore., and Port Townsend. They raised three children: Robert, living in Port Ludlow; Michael, living in Beaverton; and Kathleen, living in Port Townsend.
At Martha & Mary, Snow enjoys reading, looking at cars and jewelry, and visiting family and friends.
With more than 550 employees, Martha & Mary is one of the largest and most comprehensive health-care providers in Kitsap County. Martha & Mary offers care management, home care, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, senior housing and children’s programs.