Douglas Dale Slatter
Doug was born December 29, 1962 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Bob and Flo Slatter. He grew up on the family farm south of Filer, Idaho. He learned responsibility – feeding cattle, pigs, raccoons, dogs and cats; driving trucks, tractors, combines, and swathers; burning ditch; killing ground squirrels and rock chucks that made irrigating a nightmare; and anything else associated with farm life. He attended school in Filer, Idaho, graduating in 1981 in the top 10 percent in the nation with his SAT score. Stubby loved sports and was an avid skier and swimmer. He had a way of explaining many things that were complicated so that you could understand. After graduating from High School he had many offers of employment from several big corporations. He chose not to waste his time or his parent’s money on college, but instead became a meticulous tile setter.
Stubby loved spending time with his family and many friends – he enjoyed life to the fullest! He had some wild rides on his motorcycles and ATV’s. In November of 2002 he met the love of his life and best friend, Carrie Chadwick. Over the past several months Stubby was able to cross several things off his Bucket List including going on a helicopter ride with his Mom and Carrie and go on an elk hunting trip near Bellevue with his family. He spent several weeks camping at one of his favorite camping spots at Baker Creek up north. These all brought a smile to his face! Thank you to all who made this possible!
Doug is survived by his mother, Flo Slatter; sister, Tami Slatter (Jerry Gunter); fiancée, Carrie Chadwick; uncle, Harold Slatter; aunt, Betty Hayes; cousins - who were like big brothers, Kenny, Randy, and Rod Pooler; and many other cousins. He was preceded in death by his grand-parents, Pete and Clara Slatter; father, Robert “Bob” Slatter; and aunt and uncle, Esther and Charles Grove.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. Russell Mayes, Dr. Dan Preucil, and to the loving staff at Hospice Visions for the kindness and compassion given to Stubby during his end-of-life journey these past months. At Stubby’s request there will be no funeral, but a celebration of his life on December 29, 2012, which would have been his 50th Birthday. The celebration will be held at his mother, Flo’s on the family farm at 2:00pm located at 2332 E. 3700 N., Filer. All family and friends are welcome. The family requests no flowers, but instead memorials be given to Hospice Visions, Inc. 1770 park View Drive, Twin Falls, Idaho in his name. Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
My First Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below, With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars, reflecting on the snow. The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear, For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year. I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear, But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here. I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring, For it is beyond description, to hear the Angels sing. I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart, But I am not so far away, we really aren’t apart. So be happy dear ones, you know I hold you dear, And be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year. I send you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above, I send you each a memory of undying love. After all, love is a gift, more precious than pure gold, It was always most important in the stories Jesus told. Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do, For I can’t count the blessings or love, He has for you. So, have a Merry Christmas and wipe away the tear, Remember, I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.