Longtime Community Regional Medical Center security officer, Tim Slaton, kindly and gently kept the peace, was a stickler for perfection and kept things light with his quirky humor. A heart attack downed him shortly after midnight June 20 as he worked his usual post in the hospital’s main lobby. Despite quick response from medical staff he died at age 59.
“We are heartbroken to have lost our ‘rock.’ Tim was our voice of reason, knowledge, understanding and our comic relief,” said Denise Weaver Cantu, a fellow security officer.
Mr. Slaton celebrated his 20th anniversary at Community in November. Kevin Weaver, director of security, said he was the employee who could always be counted on. “He performed his duties like a dance. He knew that position inside and out and had such a way with people,” Weaver said. “His charm always came through when he interacted with the staff on the floors and he could use gentle persuasion when dealing with the public. I truly valued his insight and input into how to make the facility a better and safer place.”
Pat Tucker, supervisor for staffing and bed control in the downtown hospital, shared conversation nearly every work day with Mr. Slaton, usually trading observations about their favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. She said he really imbued the lobby with a sense of calm and security: “I used to come in every day at 5 a.m. and I would park across near Dr. Woo’s office and walk in. I always felt OK doing that. Just knowing he was in there made me feel safe to do that. He had the biggest smile and was just a kind person.”
Mr. Slaton’s wife of 21 years, Sandy Slaton, said she knew on cold nights her husband would invite people in from the cold streets to warm up in the hospital lobby with a cup of coffee. “He had a real soft heart but he didn’t like to admit it,” said Sandy Slaton. He played the tough guy, but helped raise three step-sons, moved in with his elderly mother to care for her and doted on a stray calico cat a co-worker gave him.
Sandy Slaton described her husband as a homebody whose idea of fun was rising early to make coffee at a campfire in the mountains or walking along the beach to watch the sun set. “He had an eccentric, sort of intellectual comedy,” she said of her late husband. “He felt it a privilege to make me laugh. When we were first dating he put a note on the door that said ‘I was here and you were not. Now you are here and I’m not.’ That was his quirky humor.”
Sandy Slaton said she has many wonderful memories. “But I wish I had had a video camera on the whole 21 years we were together so I could watch it again.”
Weaver Cantu said on slower nights Tim would sketch scenes in a book he kept with him in the lobby. Employees admired his artistic talent and often took the chance to sneak a peek at the thousands of drawings done during his two decades at his lobby post.
“Community Medical Centers will forever feel the loss of our beloved Tim, who carried out his duties with perfection, and demanded if you covered his post that you also be perfect,” said Weaver Cantu. “Tim did not want an ‘irate nurse’ calling him and chewing him out for a mistake that one of us dared to make. Tim will be greatly missed, copied but never duplicated. A piece of our hearts has gone with him.”
Mr. Slaton was born and raised in Fresno and did a stint in the Navy before going to work in security at Community Regional. He’s survived by his wife, his mother and three step-sons. The family is holding a memorial service at 2 p.m. on July 10 at Yost & Webb Funeral Home, 1002 T St. in Fresno.
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Allegations of an inappropriate student – teacher relationship at Fresno’s University High School have shocked the small campus located on Fresno State.
On Tuesday, authorities from University High School contacted University Police about 31 year old music teacher, Jonathan Malcolm and suspicions he was having a relationship with an under aged student.
Malcolm, who has been a teacher at the high school for 3 years, was arrested Wednesday night on charges of annoying and/or molesting a child under the age of 18 and distributing lewd material.
Although, all of the students and parents KSEE 24 News spoke said they don’t believe the allegations, Dr. James Bushman, the head of University High School said the concerns are legitimate.
Bushman said, “We came upon some information we thought that should be acted upon and again, we weighed the validity of that information and made a decision in this case that we needed the University Police to do a full investigation.”
A joint investigation between University Police and Fresno Police prompted a search warrant resulting in enough information to arrest Malcolm.
Malcolm was booked into the Fresno County Jail Wednesday night.
He has since made bail.
Dr. Bushman said all parents of University High School students have been notified about the allegations and arrest.
The School Board is scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the music teacher’s employment status.