Mark Allen Slater
1961 - 2021
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Mark Allen Slater, 59, passed away at Carroll Hospice Dove House on February 3rd ,2021 after a year-long battle with colon cancer. Born July 13, 1961, he grew up in Parkville, Maryland and had lived in Westminster for 23 years. He was the son of the late Norman and Isabelle Slater of Parkville. Mark attended Parkville High School and Washington College. He held a master's degree from the University of Maine at Orono. Mark is survived by his children Amber and Grant Slater and their mother Gail Slater of Westminster. He is also survived by two brothers and their families, Matthew Slater of Bel Air, Maryland and Norman Slater of Tampa, Florida. Many devoted friends and family members stayed in touch during the last year, which was an isolating and difficult time to be sick. For thirty years, Mark worked in publishing with the H.M. Rowe Company in Baltimore. He started as an editor and was president of the privately-owned company when it closed. He then worked for the city of Westminster Recreation and Parks for a year before beginning a second career as a supervisor at UPS in Hunt Valley. He worked nights as the trucks were loaded, and used to say it was a beautiful sight to see the sun come up and all the brown trucks rolling out in the morning. Mark was a lacrosse coach for Westminster Area Lacrosse (WAX), Winters Mill High School, and Maryland Express, an international exchange program. He ran the Pockets program for age four to six-year-old children and was Boys Coordinator with WAX for many years. Mark was also a lacrosse referee and was the driving force behind major tournaments, devoting many hours of his time. He was passionate about passing along his love of the game and instrumental in the lives of countless Carroll County lacrosse players. Mark enjoyed fishing and spent some of his last healthy months at the beach with his friend Jerry Diem. He was an avid writer and reader, a great cook, talented gardener, and birdwatcher. He was known as a hard worker and a straight shooter. A virtual memorial on Zoom is held this Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. using the following link: with meeting ID 944 435 4773, no password. For those who would like to share stories and memories, please contact the family by Saturday as his daughter Amber is coordinating the event. Burial will be private. An in-person celebration of life is being planned for July 13th, 2021, which would have been his 60th birthday. For donations in Mark's memory, a gift to the Mark Slater College Scholarship Fund for WAX alumni would be very meaningful. This fund is administered through Carroll County Recreation & Parks, and checks can be sent to Mark Slater Scholarship Fund c/o Carroll County Recreation & Parks at 300 S. Center Street Westminster, MD 21157. Arrangements by Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A. Online Condolences at

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Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 5, 2021.
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February 8, 2021
So sorry to hear the news about Mark's passing. Our family knew Mark through WAX and he seemed to be at every game no matter what time or where it was. He definitely enjoyed spreading the love for lacrosse to the youth of Carroll County. He was always fun to talk to and will be missed.
Donna & Chris Moran
February 7, 2021
Rest in Peace Mark
Chris Thomas
February 7, 2021
Mark made a Huge impact on our kids. He will be missed. Amber you did a great job with the Memorial Service.

WAX ON Dude!!
Randy, Dana, Emma and Aidan Stair
February 7, 2021
Mark was an amazing person with one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know! I first met Mark when my son, Logan, started playing lacrosse for WAX - I knew of him because he got involved with WAX after I moved to Arizona for a few years. Even those I was one of 2 women on the field coaching boys and only knew the girls game, Mark taught Logan and I the game at the same time. Logan had just turned 5 when he started playing, but the love Logan developed for the game is attributed to Mark, his infectious smile, crazy shorts, and fun songs and games! Rest easy Mark, we will continue to carry your legacy on. Thank you for all you did for me, for Logan, and for the countless kids you taught and coached over the years!
Maggie Brooke
February 7, 2021
Coach Mark was inspirational to so many on the lacrosse field - players, parents, coaches - everyone that had the pleasure of seeing him in action. I had the pleasure of being on the WAX pockets field with my boys and Coach Mark and I loved his passion for teaching and the way he shard his love for the sport. Most importantly it was the way he made the players smile, feel included, and the way he taught the boys to cradle that I will never forget.
Greg Blair
February 5, 2021
Coach Slater was a HUGE inspiration in our daughter, Heather's, life. He saw her as a middle school WAX goalie and worked with her through her Winters Mill High School journey. He'd often meet with her after school or on weekends on his own time and invited her to help at some of his clinics for younger girls. He followed her college adventure as the Messiah University Womens Lacrosse Goalie Class of 2022. She'd often comment how he'd reach out to her to comment on her recent game after he had watched a livestream. He was a gem and will be sadly missed. A good coach is a GOOD COACH when his player knows that he believes in them without him saying one word. That was Coach Slater.
Rich & Chellie Burnham
February 5, 2021
Mark was a great friend. He was my college roommate when I was a naive grad student from Australia in 1983. We shared some great times at the University of Maine. My sincere condolences to all members of his family.
Alan Bain
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