Slater, John F.
John Frederic Slater passed away June 2, 2012 in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico, while flying his airplane on a goodwill mission for Liga International (Flying Doctors of Mercy). As a devoted volunteer, John transported doctors, nurses and other volunteers to provide free medical care for the poor and will always be remembered as an angel of mercy and hero. John touched many lives personally and professionally with his presence and his infectious laugh; he will be greatly missed by the community as a successful businessman, family man and friend. John was born November 9, 1961 in Tucson, AZ to Eugenia and Albert Slater. John was a loving husband, father, son, brother and papa. Like his father before him, John loved flying and was a private pilot for over 24 years. John is survived by daughters Vanessa Slater-Wingerter and Brooke Slater and their mother Elaine Slater, granddaughter Jordyn Wingerter; his mother Eugenia Slater; sisters Cathie Eroh, Jeanette Ham and Carla Kettrick. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2540 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85202. A reception will immediately follow. Donations are being accepted in John's honor to the JOHN F SLATER MEMORIAL FUND via the Liga International website at www.ligainternational.org. Flowers may be sent to the church. Please visit www.LakeshoreMort.com to share memories with John's family.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 8, 2012