Mark Richard Slaughter, 59, of Spring Valley, OH passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020. Mark was born December 20, 1960 to Richard O. and Emma Joyce (Minton) Slaughter in Akron, Ohio. Mark was a gifted musician. As a youth, he participated in school bands, the Licking County 4-H Band and was chosen for the All–Ohio State Fair Band. Mark had the ability to just listen to a song and then pick up his saxophone and play it. He was “the” bari player. After graduating from Licking Valley High School in 1979, Mark became a member of the 661st Air Force Band of Flight at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. As well as being a musician, Mark was a gifted artist. He loved working with his hands to create beautiful things out of wood. Mark used those talents as a home improvement contractor running his own business, BlackWater Workshops, along with selling his woodworking creations. Mark is survived by his parents; his fiancé of 15 years, Pamela Peters; his two children, Arielle E. Slaughter of Tampa, FL, and Richard W. Slaughter of Tucson, AZ. He is also survived by his sisters, Leslie J. Haynes (Butch) of Wooster, OH, MaryBeth Wright of Newark, OH and Lori L. Edwards of Newark, OH as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. His beloved Great Dane, Zed, preceded him in death. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue, 11567 St. Rt. 774, Bethel, OH 45106, https://www.hhdane.com. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bakerstevensparramore.com.
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