Our father, Jack Austin Slatten, joined the Lord and his loving wife, Jackie Bob, on August 10, 2019. Jack was born in Olton, Texas on February 11, 1930 to Raymond and Margie (Austin) Slatten.
Jack attended school in Olton. While still a youth, Jack first gained experience and love for the cowboy life when he and a buddy began working for the local sale barn. Jack loved working with cattle and working in the sale ring. Jack even proclaimed himself the “World Champion Horse Trader.”
When he was old enough, Jack was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a Physical Training Instructor, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge. This training stayed with him well into his marriage, and Jack continued to work out and retain a high level of fitness for many years.
Following a short courtship, Jack proposed to Jackie Bob. After he had popped the question, Jackie Bob asked what Jack expected from her. Jack replied that she should stay home with their children and have dinner on the table at 6:00 p.m. sharp each night. Jack and Jackie Bob were surely a match made in heaven, and they were married for nearly 62 years. They shared many of the same hopes, dreams, and determination to see these dreams come true through hard work. Jack was somewhat of the “idea” man; then, he and Jackie Bob would plan the best course of action and together they would see their plans become reality. Jack was a loving and caring husband and took very good care of Jackie Bob. Their greatest success was the raising of their five children and seeing their grandchildren have children of their own.
Following their marriage, the couple briefly lived in Amarillo, Texas, followed by a short time in Baker, Oklahoma before settling in their home near Turpin, Oklahoma, where they became a well-known fixture in the community. Jack worked for the nearby Shamrock plant for 20 years and began farming and ranching full-time following his retirement. Jack and Jackie Bob were very active in the American Ag Movement, attending rallies at the State Capitol of Oklahoma as well as the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Jack love to collect various items and had accumulated a wide variety of “treasures” for his children, and believed that everyone should be able to read, think for themselves, and grow rich.
Jack was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Jackie Bob; his parents, Raymond and Margie and one sister, Pat Spain and one grandson, Tyson Slatten. He is survived by his children: Jake and Lesa Slatten, rural Forgan, Oklahoma; Jill and husband John Maschmeier, rural Forgan, Oklahoma; JD and wife Shawna of Fort Worth, Texas; Jami and husband Kim Snell of Frisco, Texas; and Jeff and wife Jeri of rural Forgan, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.