Kenneth Clinton "Clint" Slatton

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Kenneth Clinton Slatton "Clint" Clint Slatton, 39, passed away at home surrounded by his family on March 30, 2010. Thus ended a valiant 13-month, 17-day battle with cancer that had inspired so many who witnessed it and prayed for him throughout his struggle. Clint was born in Huntsville, Alabama on October 13, 1970, the only child of William N. Slatton and Dr. Linda E. Matros. His interests were astronomy, playing guitar, watching college football, and relaxing on the Slatton family's Tennessee farm. Clint was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2001. He moved to Gainesville, Florida, in 2003, joining the faculty in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil and Coastal Engineering. Shortly after his diagnosis of metastatic melanoma last year, he received tenure, becoming an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. He was an outstanding faculty member and received many honors, including the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), presented in a White House ceremony to a select few researchers in the country. He had earned grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Army and Office of Naval Research, among others. Clint's work was interdisciplinary, covering the areas of remote sensing, multi-scale estimation, data fusion, statistical signal processing, lidar and radar applications. He led a vibrant research program of international renown and was an outstanding instructor and mentor who will be missed by his professional colleagues and students. And while Clint took a humble and quiet joy in his work, his most remarkable success, tenderest devotion and greatest happiness were found in his role as husband and father. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Jennifer; five adoring and grieving children-William, age 9, Emma, age 6, Ryan, age 4, Jack, age 2, and Thomas, age 6 months; his mother, father, and step-mother Annette; and aunt and uncle, Barbara and Gayewon Vance. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, with Father John Satula officiating. Following the service the family will be hosting a reception at their home, 4411 NW 20th Place, Gainesville, 32605. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make memorial contributions to The Slatton Children Education Trust, c/o Dr. Mark E. Law; 310 Weil Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32617-6550. Williams - Thomas Funeral Home Downtown, 404 North Main Street is in charge of all arrangements. (352) 376-7556
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 4, 2010
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