SLATNIK, John Dale John Slatnik of Estevan, SK and formerly of Outlook, SK passed away on April 10, 2021 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 70. John was born May 15, 1950 in Outlook, SK to Bill and Helen Slatnik of Glenside, SK. John was predeceased by his parents Bill and Helen Slatnik, two brothers Roger (Edith) Slatnik of Outlook, SK and Robert and sister in law Lynda Slatnik of Winnipeg, MB. John is survived by his sister in law Edith Slatnik, nephews Doug (Sandra) Slatnik of Strathmore, AB (their daughters Jamie and Tracy and their families), Rod (Laurie) Slatnik of Regina, SK (their daughters Jen and Christine and families), Trevor Slatnik of Winnipeg, MB (daughter Jennifer), Todd (Christa) Slatnik of Winnipeg, MB (daughters Alyssa and Sierra) and niece Laura David (nee Slatnik) of Outlook, SK (son Cody and family and daughter Laine). John's family moved to Outlook when he was six and his father passed away two years later. John completed both elementary and high school there. Highlights of his high school life were being captain of the football and basketball teams, elected SRC president, elected Snow King, member of the Reach for the Top team and attending Sask Roughriders' High School camp as a fullback and kicker. He attended his first year of university at the U of Regina and then transferred to the U of Sask where he eventually received a B.A. (Economics) and a B. Comm. (Marketing). After university he took an eight month trip to Europe where he backpacked, hitched and rode trains through most of Europe, North Africa and the Canary Islands. Upon John's return, he took his first full time job as an accountant with RBC in Saskatoon working there two years before taking a job as the general manager of a cellulose manufacturing plant in Saskatoon. Two years later John started his own insulation and renovation business. His career then moved on the Government of Saskatchewan Economic Development branch in Swift Current, Saskatoon and eventually Estevan in 1992 where he became the Manager of that office. He retired from that position in June 2010. Throughout his time in Estevan he invested in real estate having properties in Saskatoon, Outlook, Estevan and Kona. John's favorite time was spent at his condo in Kona, HI where he enjoyed the ocean, fishing, sightseeing, entertaining anyone who visited and just relaxing on his lanai. Unfortunately, many of John's dreams were cut short due to his battle with diabetes and later heart disease which eventually ended his life. John's family, friends and staff remember him as a kind and gentle person with a heart of gold. Due to the current situation, a graveside burial will take place at the Glenside Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canada Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of the Outlook Funeral Chapel.
Published in Estevan Mercury from Apr. 21 to May 21, 2021.