Russ Quentin Slack

1942 - 2012

Russ Quentin Slack, 70, passed away Sept. 29, 2012. Russ was born July 14, 1942, in Port Townsend, Wash., to Harold Emerson Slack and Helen Andre Chapman. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged on Jan. 22, 1960. On Oct. 23, 1965, he married Pauline Myers in Granger, Utah. Together they had three children.

Russ worked with the Walla Walla School District for 36 years, retiring in 2006. He was an avid bowler. He belonged to a league and bowled four days a week with his wife and family for many years. Russ was extremely caring and every day would help people in need. He would take them food, shopping, help with lawn care and shoveling snow. He would even help strangers by opening his home to them to provide food and shelter. His entire adult life he was dedicated to helping people.

He loved his work with the school district and maintained close caring relationships with both faculty and students. The two words that best describe Russ are “he cared.” He remained a constant support and caregiver for his loving wife, Pauline, while she was handicapped and bed-ridden. His glowing personality coupled with his continuous joking made him a joy to be around. Russ will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. Now he is called home to be with our loving God and his wife of 40 years.

He is survived by twin daughters, Sonya Barnes and Tonya Slack; one son, Paul Slack; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Pauline.
Russ requested there not be a formal service but for family and friends to celebrate his life. There will be a gathering Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Park by the baseball fields. People wishing to send cards and flowers may send them to his daughter Sonya’s home at 1220 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Blue Mountain Humane Society through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at

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