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Richard C. Slack

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Richard C. "Dick" Slack Richard C. "Dick" Slack, 98, of Pecos, Texas passed away on March 1, 2013, at his home in Pecos. Dick Slack was born in Pecos on December 20, 1914, to Ruby Stephens and Henry Clay Slack, Jr. He attended Texas A & M where he earned a degree in petroleum engineering in 1938. Slack joined the Army in 1940, serving with the Texas 36th Division during WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor during an artillery exchange, on the Anzio beachhead near Villetri, Italy. After the war he continued to serve in the Army Reserve and the Texas National Guard. Slack retired from military service after 20 years with the rank of Colonel. He was elected to two terms as Reeves County Judge. He was elected State Representative in 1952 and served 28 years. Slack was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Odessa. He married UT law graduate, Charlotte Tonroy in 1953. Slack attended St. Mary's School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1956. He was appointed to the first Texas Ethics Commission in 1992, and served for 11 years, two of those as chairman. Slack enjoyed big game hunting and was always happy to tell his hunting stories. A good shot, he continued shooting skeet until a few months ago. Slack is survived by wife, Charlotte; children, Anne Mackey and husband Doug of Odessa; Clay Slack and wife Ann of Austin; and Cynthia Shaw and husband Stan of Austin. Grandchildren are Sarah Faulkner Staley and husband Mark; Dugger Faulkner; Margaret, David and Sara Shaw; Trey and Robert Slack; and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Staley. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 401 S. Plum in Pecos, Texas, with Randy Foster officiating. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West of the Pecos Museum, P.O. Box 1784, Pecos, Texas 79772, or the .

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 7, 2013
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