Elmer Slaten Jr.
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SLATEN JR., Elmer "Sam" Lt. Colonel (ret.) Beloved husband and father Sam Slaten passed from this world on November 8th, 2020. A wonderful woodworker and maker, Sam was the loving husband of 62 years to Frances Slaten. Sam is also survived by daughter Kari Slaten of New Braunfels, and son and daughter-in-law Curtis (and Kate) Slaten of Austin. Sam also leaves behind a granddaughter, Sarah Slaten; brother, R. Glen Slaten; and sister, Judy Le Platt. Fascinated with flying from his early teens, Sam proudly joined the U.S. Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in 1952. His military career included piloting B-47's; T-39's; C-47's; ending with RF-4C Phantom's at Bergstrom A.F.B.- retiring after 26 years. Sam flew for 30 years after that, retiring at 75, having flown DC 9-10's; the Fairchild F-27; Sabre 60; Falcon 50; Gulfstream G-4; and a restored WWII B-25. Originally from Durango CO, Sam's duty assignments took him to the Philippines, Vietnam, Germany, and several state-side posts. Sam and Fran moved to Yorba Linda, California for 34 years, returning to Austin in 2016. Sam was the "fixer" of our family, and he will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sam's memory at dementiasociety.charityproud.org/donate.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Uncle Sam will always be remembered as steady, true, honest and most important to him always on time. We enjoyed hunting for elk and fishing for tuna. Many great hunting trips with his brothers in the Colorado mountains. He loved to play cards and very seldom lost. In fact he seldom lost at any game. We will all miss our uncle Sam.
November 21, 2020
Elmer, (Uncle Sam), was a terrific person. He was a special person in my life. Uncle Sam was funny, fun to be around, had a serious side, was an excellent tike model for his kids and grandkids. He and my dad, Ken Slaten, were a lot alike, never met a stranger, and was lived by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
David Slaten
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