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In Remembrance
Corporal David Slaton
White Family Funeral Home

Corporal David SlatonThe funeral for Corporal David Slaton, who died in the line of duty in a traffic crash Sept. 20, has been set for 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at the First Baptist Church, 307 Lindsey, in Bowie, Texas. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery on East Nelson Street in Bowie.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at White Family Funeral Home, 1418 Highway 59 North, in Bowie. (Funeral home can be reached at 940-872-9993.)

Cpl. Slaton, 56, was killed in an on-duty traffic crash Monday night two miles south of Ringgold on US 81 in Montague County. An investigation showed that Cpl. Slaton struck a cow that was standing in the roadway; the impact of the collision sent his car into oncoming traffic, where it was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler in the southbound lane. The 18-wheeler driver was not injured in the collision. Cpl. Slaton was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was the 84th DPS officer to die in the line of duty in the agency’s 75-year history.

“Corporal Slaton had a long, distinguished career with the Department, and he will be sorely missed. His contribution to safety of the citizens of Texas will not be forgotten. He will be remembered for the countless lives he impacted in a positive way during his career. Corporal Slaton and his loved ones will forever hold a special place in our hearts as part of the DPS family,” said Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Department of Public Safety.

Cpl. Slaton began his career with DPS in October 1974 and had been stationed in Bowie for his entire career. He is survived by his wife, Lynetta, and a 20-year-old son, Bobby.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following groups:

Bowie Band Boosters, Bowie Sports Association, American Cancer Society and ALS Association:  Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

A bank account has been set up for donations to his family:

Account # 2018463

Jacksboro National Bank

P.O. Box 271

Bowie, TX  76230-0271

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, The 100 Club of Houston presented a $10,000 check to Corporal Slaton’s family to assist with any needs they may have, and the club will provide additional financial support, including current financial and children’s educational needs for the family.  In 2006, the 100 Club of Houston expanded its program to include all state of Texas law enforcement officers in its programs, no matter where they live. For more information, please see

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