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Don Austin Slater Don Slater died with his family at his side on July 26th, 2014. He was born in Bay City, MI on May 27th, 1938. Don is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sally, their two children, Shanty and Nate and their spouses Jerome and Amy, grandkids Rizley and Hatcher, and his sisters Jean, Inez, and Sally. Shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Naval Architecture, Don moved to Tacoma with his wife Sally, where they started a family and he founded Marine Industries Northwest, Inc. He retired as president in 2010. Among Don's favorite things to do were carving wood and creating things in his shop. Above all, Don cherished raising his family on the Puget Sound, where he enjoyed time on the water and sharing his passion for wooden boats. There will be a private celebration of his rich life. In lieu of flowers you can root for the Wolverines and/or honor Don's generous spirit by donating to .
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Aug. 10, 2014
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