In Loving Memory of
Gene (Eugene) Slape
Virtual Celebration of Life was held on April 10, 2021 at 3:00 PM PDT
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Gene Slape was born in a log cabin near Chester OK to Everett & Martha Slape on Sept. 29, 1936 and passed away peacefully of heart failure on January 22, 2021 at his home in Seattle, WA.
As the eldest of 7 he developed self-reliance and resilience at an early age; as sharecroppers the family moved every year until he was in high school.
Gene was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Texas Wesleyan College and proceeding on to Southern Baptist Seminary. As the phone rang and life presented various career opportunities, Gene had the courage to accept the challenges, beginning as Adult Probation, Parole, and Corrections Supervisor (TX and WA); Director of a King County DUI Diversion program; Faculty member at Seattle U (Community Service); Founder of the Maple Leaf Center, a family therapy practice and multi-disciplinary family center; and then establishing his personal computer business (Cyberdoc).
Gene was a great father to Regina and Randy (deceased), and a loving grandfather to Kyle (31), Grant (28), Jed (24), and Bonnie (21). Many children called him Santa with his white beard and jolly “Ho-Ho-Ho!”
An unending sense of adventure and curiosity took Gene and Marian Svinth, his wife and trip planner, to various parts of the world, most especially to Chacala, Mexico.
Gene was known for his great smile, laughter, a compassionate heart, and sense of humor. He never lost his “down to earth” nature. Ever the hard worker, Gene accomplished so much in his lifetime. Creating a home and family in Seattle and the mountain cabin near Mt. Rainier he loved were among his most cherished accomplishments. Gene gave his best to all of us and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Treehouse, Hopelink, or Northwest Harvest.