Mr. Thomas Anthony Slaven

March 7, 1934July 17, 2013

Thomas Anthony Slaven, 79, of Fresno, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013. He was born in Woodland, Ca on March 7, 1934 to Leo and Phyllis Slaven and was raised in Zamora, Ca. Tom graduated from Woodland High School, served in Korea with the United States Army, received a BA in History from St. Michael's College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and attended UCLA. He married Martha Krmpotich on February 8, 1969 at St. Anthony's Croatian Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Ca. Tom worked for the State of California for over 40 years.He was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis, where he was an usher,and a long-time supporter of OLPH school. He served as an officer for both the Croatian Fraternal Union and the All-Slavonic American Association. Tom spearheaded successful membership and fundraising efforts for the San Joaquin Memorial High School Men's Booster Club and was an avid supporter of SJM and Fresno State athletics, particularly Bulldog Softball. He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughter, Katherine Slaven of Seattle, Wa., daughter, Maryanne Smith and her husband Keven Smith of Clovis, Ca; and his grandchildren Milana and Thomas Smith of Clovis, Ca. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Slaven; his sister, Joanne Wilson; as well as many other relatives. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, July 22, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048


  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Rosary Service Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mr. Thomas Anthony Slaven

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Larry and Sharyl Orth

August 8, 2013

Martha, Kathy, Maryanne, Joanne and Robert

Sharyl & I just found out about Tom's passing. Our prayers are with you. Tom was a great person and cousin.

Deidre Smith

July 24, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a wonderful grandpa to my niece and nephew. I will miss seeing him on our trips to Fresno. God bless.

Mark L Krmpotich Family

July 23, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Kathleen Ann Slaven Salinas

July 22, 2013

May the good Lord receive Tom. May all those close to Tom be blessed with happy memories of the good times spent with Tom.

Maricela Tapia

July 21, 2013

Prayers for his soul, for Mrs. Slaven and the family during this most difficult time. God be with you.

Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Chapel

July 21, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Joanne Slaven/Wilson

July 20, 2013

To: Martha, Kathy, Maryanne and Family.
My big brother is with many Family members in Heaven. Tom will be missed, so many fond memories growing up in Zamora. Thoughts and Prayers to all of the Family.