DONALD HENRY SLATER 7-25-14 - 11-20-12 Don Slater lived a good and productive life. He was born in Lewistown, Montana on July 25, 1914. He grew up in Lewistown, was an excellent student and an active musician as a member of several bands in the area. In 1931, he moved with his family to Paradise, California, where the family bought an apple orchard at the present site of the Kmart shopping center. Don graduated from Chico Senior High School. A few years later, his father bought a school bus concession to deliver Paradise High School students to Chico Senior High School as there wasn't a high school in Paradise at the time. Don drove a bus for his father delivering students from Paradise at first, then from farms on the west side of Chico. Don loved to drive large vehicles and would eventually buy his own truck and haul logs for the Diamond Match Company to the Sterling Mill during the summer, and grain and other products in the winter. In 1939, Don had the good fortune to meet and marry the love of his life, and wife of 73 years, Isabel (Betty) Lindsay. Don entered Chico State College and in three years, earned a degree in education. He taught high school agriculture, shop, and mechanical drawing at Galt and Woodland High Schools. During Don's 5th year of teaching, he began building a couple of houses on the side to make a little extra money for his family. In 1948, they returned to Chico to start Slater Construction, the forerunner of D. H. Slater and Son, Inc. that continues today. Don built over 300 homes in the Northstate and numerous small commercial projects, such as the Garden Walk in downtown Chico. In the 1960's, he built and operated Almond Grove Mobile Home Park on Lassen Avenue. Don loved to fish and travel and spent many summers traveling and fishing throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Don was a long time member of Chico Masonic Lodge and lead it as Master, Sacramento Scottish Rite and lead it as Master of Kadosh, Eastern Star and lead it as Worthy Patron, and volunteered extensively in the community. Don was the founding President of the Valley Contractor's Exchange. Don is survived by his wife of 73 years, Isabel (Betty) L. Slater; his son, Howard Slater; daughter-in-law, Diane Slater; two grandchildren, Lindsay and Brandon Slater; and one great-great-grandchild, Emma Slater; daugher-in-law, Rachael Slater; sister, Helen Cummings of Elk Grove; and nephews, Dale and Vickie Cummings. Funeral Services will be held at Brusie Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriner Children's Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.brusiefh.com.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 28, 2012