Thomas Anthony Slaven, 79, of Fresno, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013. He was born in Woodland, Ca on March 7, 1934 to Leo and Phyllis Slaven and was raised in Zamora, Ca. Tom graduated from Woodland High School, served in Korea with the United States Army, received a BA in History from St. Michael's College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and attended UCLA. He married Martha Krmpotich on February 8, 1969 at St. Anthony's Croatian Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Ca.
Tom worked for the State of California for over 40 years. He was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis, where he was an usher, and a long-time supporter of OLPH school. He served as an officer for both the Croatian Fraternal Union and the All-Slavonic American Association. Tom spearheaded successful membership and fundraising efforts for the San Joaquin Memorial High School Men's Booster Club and was an avid supporter of SJM and Fresno State athletics, particularly Bulldog Softball.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughter, Katherine Slaven of Seattle, Wa., daughter, Maryanne Smith and her husband Keven Smith of Clovis, Ca; and his grandchildren Milana and Thomas Smith of Clovis, Ca. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Slaven; his sister, Joanne Wilson; as well as many other relatives.
Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, July 22, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048
Published in the Fresno Bee on July 21, 2013