THOMAS WILLIAM SLACK, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1959, passed away quietly on December 29th, 2013. He was born on December 7th, 1929 to Carroll L. and Isola M. (Moss) Slack in Rock Port, Missouri. He graduated from Central High School in Omaha, NE and attended Omaha University where he met his college sweetheart, Barbara Jean Haugness. The two were married December 21st, 1952. |
After serving in the Army, Tom followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle by pursuing a career in Dentistry. He attended the University of Nebraska School of Dentistry. Upon graduation in 1959, Tom and Barb moved to Colorado Springs, CO where he began his dental practice.
During his dental career, Dr. Slack volunteered many hours to organized dentistry; he was president of the Colorado Springs Dental Society, president of the Colorado Dental Association, and president of American College of Dentists. He provided free dental care to San Luis Valley residents, Vietnamese refugees, Silver Key senior citizens, and to other people in need. Dr. Slack spent several years teaching clinical dentistry at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. He strived for excellence in his work and in all his endeavors.
He was a member of the Security Lion's Club, was very active in the Republican Party and served on the Widefield District 3 School Board.
Tom was involved in many ways at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He was an elder, an usher, a youth leader, and a Sunday school teacher. He also led a Young Life club for Widefield High School students.
Tom's greatest love was for his family with whom he ventured out on many memorable camping trips, ski trips and jeeping misadventures. His close companions throughout his adult life were his beloved German Shepherds.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara, brother and sister, infant daughter, and infant grandson. Survivors include four children: Linda C. Slack, Dr. Thomas D. (Laurie) Slack, Lisa C. (Sean) Marting, and Steve E. (Elise) Slack. Seven grandchildren: Cori Wroten, Andrea Boyles, Kaylen Adragna, Tory Marting, and Emma Marting. Five great grandchildren: Brayden, Jackson, Emerson, Karlyn, Ellary, Rachel Barabe and Casey Barabe.
He also is survived by a sister, four nephews, and a niece.
The family would like to give special recognition to Sean Marting for his caring, selfless devotion to our Dad.
"But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children." Ps 103:17
A Memorial Service will be held January 10th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, Colorado Spring, CO.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Colorado Mission of Mercy.
Published in The Gazette from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2014