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Tyler ISD Foundation:

TYLER (KYTX) - The Tyler ISD Foundation has been receiving many donations in memory of long time Tyler resident and business leader Tom W. Slack Jr., who passed away Sunday, Dec. 2.

Slack served in many leadership capacities for the Tyler ISD Foundation including Chair 2009 to 2012.

"We are grateful for Mr. Slack's dedication to our mission of finding resources in support of Tyler ISD," said Sharie Withers, Tyler ISD Foundation Board of Directors and Co-chair of this year's community campaign. "We are devastated by his loss but grateful for our joyful memories and all of his accomplishments to benefit area students and educators."

The memorial fund most likely will be a permanent endowment with the interest earned to be a classroom grant in Slack's memory. Donations may be sent to: Tyler ISD Foundation, 315 N. Broadway, Suite 401, Tyler, Texas 75702 or email larry.goddard@suddenlinkmail.com. Acknowledgement of the donations (no amount) will be provided to the family of Tom Slack in an appropriate manner.

Slack most recently had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lone Star TPA, Inc. in Tyler which he started in mid-2011. Prior to that time, he served as Chief Executive Officer of HealthFirst TPA, Inc. and Vice President, Managed Care of East Texas Medical Center. Slack originally relocated to Tyler in 1981 after serving as Senior Vice President of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Texas in Dallas until his move to Tyler in '81. He initially founded the sales agency Risk Funding Alternatives at that time and in 1983 added the services of a third party administrator.

Slack was past president and founder of the Texas Association of Benefit Administrators and was involved in many civic activities, most recently serving as Board Member and Chairman of the Tyler Independent School District Foundation. Additionally, he previously served as tri-chair of the Patriot Golf Classic which is a major fund raiser for the UT Tyler Scholarship Fund. He also served on the UT College of Nursing Advisory Board; as well as donating his time and effort to numerous other civic activities. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Tyler.

He loved his family and friends and was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. He had at one time been involved with the raising of thoroughbred horses at his farm which was located in the Bullard area, and in recent years he achieved the distinguished award of "Quail Master" as bestowed by Texas A and M University. He cherished the time he spent at his ranch in Scurry County where he was able to hunt and enjoy quality time there with his family.

Slack is survived by his wife, Marcia Hare Slack, Tyler; daughters Lacy Mattek and husband Phillip Mattek of Tyler, Bliss Taylor of Austin, Trisha Slack of Dallas and son Preston Slack of Austin; grandson Cameron Dean Slack (Dripping Springs) and granddaughter Lauren Elizabeth Mattek (Tyler); brothers Bobby Slack and Lynn Slack of Houston; also parents Tom W. and Dorothy M. Slack of Baytown.

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