Back in ’42 on December 22nd, I was born of goodly parents, Irene Lamont and LeRoy Mills Sleater. I have three older brothers, Keith LeRoy, Kaye Lamont, and Michael Allison. I grew up in their worthy shadows, near East High School. Before becoming a Leopard, I attended Douglas Elementary and Roosevelt Jr. High.
I enrolled at the University of Utah in ’61. I then pledged and joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity and even lived in the Sig House just off Campus. There I developed many lifetime friends who encouraged me to serve a mission. I worked for the Bureau of Mines thru ’74, then I served honorably for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Boston, Massachusetts area. While there, I learned to love all things New England, including the Red Sox.
Upon returning, I worked in construction, initially mentored by a wonderful fraternity brother, Scott Miles. While working as an independent General Contractor, I passionately sought my FAA certified private pilots’ license, logging nearly 500 hours as PIC. During my flying days, I was an instructor of many students, including Mike Hill.
My handiwork and professional skills are evident in many homes, where I labored, especially along the East Bench of the Salt Lake Valley. When needed, I often called upon my nephew Kevin to build and install cabinets. Though I did not express it, I enjoyed working by his side. My dream was fulfilled when Thomas Lund came to work with me and became the first official employee of Sleater Construction. Together we finished many projects. Ironically, Tom later became my boss. We worked alongside each other for many great years.
Along the way, I was adopted by many families whose kindness and generosity exceeded anything I could have imagined: The Hill, Thompson, Curtis, Lund, Theurer, Miller and Olson families were extra special. They became my family, as my brothers grew their own families. They made my daily life so very rewarding. Thank you for making me a part of your lives and for including me in your families.
I enjoyed filming and photographing all the fun events we shared. The smiles I captured behind the camera, helped me find purpose and acceptance. It led me to film and edit many East High games. No one loves East High more than I do! Kyle and Barbara and the rest of the Curtis clan, thank you for your generosity and fun memories.
I am especially grateful for Jamie Lund, and his persistent dinner invites during the summer of ‘94. You sparked a friendship of nearly 30 years and generously let me be a part of your family. You allowed me to see the world; Washington DC, Sun Valley, Brazil, San Fransico, OBX, and Italy. I never would have seen those places had it not been for you guys. And Amy, I will miss your beautiful home and the great memories we made. I always loved taking your calls!
Katy, Mary, and Abby, you have grown up to be wonderful young ladies with families of your own. Tom, I am so glad you found Lindie and that she continued to allow me to be part of the gang. Lindie, your kids were the closet things I had to my own. I especially loved the last year we spent together playing games and passing time during the pandemic. Mollie, Sallie, Tommie, Annie, and Lucie I will be watching over you. Enjoy the playhouse!
Maybe it was too many Diet Cokes and Dunford Chocolate Donuts, but Prostate Cancer annoyed me since my first diagnosis in 2016. Despite my natural stubbornness, the cancer spread. I express appreciation for wonderful care givers especially Dr. Scott Samuelson and Dr. Cherie Brunker. To the very the end, Kevin, Mike, Jamie, and Thomas rallied to my cause getting me to seemingly endless appointments, hospital stays, infusions, injections, and treatments. I thank them along with Nurse Ana and Aide Lubia for their tender care. I finally passed away, quietly, with minimal labor, at 9:19 pm Thursday evening, May 20, 2021!
Memorial Services will be under the direction of Larkin Sunset Lawn at the address of 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108. A viewing will take place Monday evening, May 24, starting at 6:00 and running till 8:00 pm. Then Tuesday morning, May 25, another viewing will occur at the same place from 10:00 till 11:00 am. At my personal request, a celebration of life will be held at 11:00, it will last less than on (1) hour, guaranteed. The service will be available through zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85042383340
The Interment will shortly follow for family and close friends where I will be laid to rest at the Salt Lake City Cemetery next to my Parents, LeRoy and Irene.
I thank all who have so abundantly blessed my life as our paths have crossed and re-crossed over the years! I look forward to seeing you all again, until then, take lots of pictures and smile!