Dr. (Lt. Col.) James Kenneth Slaton, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Dallas. Funeral: The family has requested a private Masonic service. Ken was born July 27, 1925, in Jacksboro where he lived until the age of 17, the age of his first call to active military duty. Following his service in World War II as a ball turret gunner, he attended the University of Texas
in Austin where he received a doctor of pharmacy degree. His unwavering interest in education led him to medical school, private practice and, ultimately, his career as an anesthesiologist. His second call to active military duty with the U.S. Air Force resulted in multiple tours, the most memorable of which was a three-year assignment to Madrid, Spain. Known among friends as "Doc," his commitment as flight surgeon, physician, and friend to his 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron and their families ranked high among the highlights of his life. His professionalism and dedication to his patients earned him numerous military accolades. At the time of his death he was a proud Mason of 59 years with Myrtle Lodge 145 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason. The family would like to express its gratitude to the members of Grace Hospice for their effort in providing comfort and care during his last days. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Harmon Amos Slaton; son, Rodney Slaton; daughter, Laura Slaton; brothers, Ralph and Edwin Slaton; and half sister, Edna James. Survivors: Wife of 49 years and nine months, Pat Talmage Slaton; sister, Patricia Slaton Boykin of Hillsboro; sons, Richard Slaton of Evanston, Ill., and Kevin Slaton of Garland; daughters, Melissa Slaton Rowell of Watkinsville, Ga., and Kenia Slaton Lancaster of Plano; nieces, Barbara Sadler and Pauline Dillon of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Michelle Ward; nephew, Clayton Ward of Colorado; his grandchildren, Adrian, Christina, Margaret, Alec, Arial, Adrianne, Nicholas, Brandon; and great-grandson, Max.