Esther Snyder

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Esther Snyder
Born Esther Lavelle Johnson
(1920-01-07)January 7, 1920
Sorento, Illinois
Died August 4, 2006(2006-08-04) (aged 86)
Baldwin Park, California
Nationality American
Known for Co-founding In-N-Out Burger

Esther Lavelle Snyder (née Johnson) (January 7, 1920 – August 4, 2006) was an American businesswoman. She co-founded In-N-Out Burger, with her husband Harry Snyder, in 1948.

Early life[edit]

Snyder was born and raised in Sorento, Illinois as one of eight children (seven daughters, one son). She attended Greenville College and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in Zoology.[1]

Marriage and family[edit]

She met Harry Snyder in 1947, while working at a restaurant in Seattle; the two were married the following year and moved to Baldwin Park, California.[2]

Esther and Harry Snyder had two sons: Harry Guy (more commonly referred to by simply "Guy"; born 1951) and Richard Snyder (born 1952) and one granddaughter from their first son Guy: Lynsi (born 1982). She outlived her husband, who died in 1976 and both of their sons, of whom one died in a plane crash and the other succumbed to a drug overdose.


She died on August 4, 2006 in Baldwin Park, California, aged 86, from undisclosed causes. She is survived by her only grandchild, Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson , who is now the heir to the In-N-Out Burger company.[3][4]

Esther Snyder Community Center[edit]

Since the In-N-Out Burgers were started in the city of Baldwin Park in California, the city named their own community center after Esther Snyder.[5]


  1. ^ "In Loving Memory of Esther Snyder". Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Esther Snyder, 86; Began In-N-Out Burger". New York Times. August 13, 2006. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "In-N-Out matriarch Snyder dies at age 86". 2006-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Esther Snyder, In-N-Out Burger Founder, Dies at 86". New York Times. August 13, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-01. Esther L. Snyder, who with her husband founded the popular West Coast restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger, died August 4. She was 86. The family declined to release further details, including the cause of death, said Bob Emmers of Sitrick & Company, which handles public relations for the chain. Esther and Harry Snyder opened the first In-N-Out drive-through stand in Baldwin Park, Calif., in 1948. In-N-Out now has 202 restaurants in Arizona, California and Nevada. 
  5. ^ "City of Baldwin Park - Esther Snyder Community Center". Retrieved 2009-08-18. 

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