Slater N. Martin Jr.

October 22, 1925October 18, 2012

Slater N. Martin, Jr. 86, passed away October 18, 2012 four days before his 87th birthday. He was born in Elmina, Texas, October 22, 1925. Slater passed due to a recent illness. Slater graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1943 and went on to college at the University of Texas, 1943-1944 and shortly thereafter he was drafted to the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class. After the Navy he played guard at the University of Texas, 1946-1949; Minneapolis Lakers, 1949-56; St. Louis Hawks, 1957-60. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1981. He played on five World Championship teams; four with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks. Slater was preceded in death by his father, Slater Martin, Sr.; mother, Thelma Lopes; wife, Faye Martin; and grandson, Brian Randall Martin. He is survived by his sons, Slater Dugie and Jim Henry Martin and his wife Becky; grandson, Allan Slater Martin; great-grandson, Charles Henry Martin; along with numerous other loving family members and friends, which will saddened by his passing. Visitation will begin on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77079. A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012, at 12:30 p.m., at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, October 21, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 22, 2012

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rjeanne Pollard

December 21, 2015

I am sorr for your loss. Please contact me. Thank you. Jeanne Pollard, Jm's daught

Cynthia Hennessey

November 9, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Cynthia (Cindy) Hennessey

November 9, 2012

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

mark Crownwall

October 24, 2012

God Bless you in the heaven, he was a successful sportman

October 23, 2012

To the Martin family, so sorry for your loss.Please accept my condolences.Know that God Almighty,has invited us to be guests' in his tent,for times indefinite.He has said that we could take refuge in the concealment of his wings.(pslm.61:4)


Lesa Moller

October 22, 2012

My dad, Vilbry White was a former teammate at UT in the '40s. The two of them remained close friends until Vilbry passed away at age 84, a couple of months ago. It always struck me how quiet and unassuming Slater was, given his previous fame in the sports world. He and my dad seemed to care about each other like brothers.

I was fortunate to have accompanied my dad and Slater at the luncheon at UT celebrating the occasion of the retirement of Slater's jersey. As a UT basketball season ticket holder, I have smiled proudly when the video screen flashes his photo during the montage of great UT basketball moments. I also make a point of revering the 1947 banner at every game. This year will be especially poignant, now that both Slater and Vilbry are in heaven.

May Slater's family find great comfort in knowing the wonderful impact he had on so many people throughout his life.

Karen Yiengst-Klecka Family

October 22, 2012

Words are difficult to find when someone so full of love and extremely special as Mr. Martin leaves this world.
May God Bless Y'all today and always!

Darrell Corwin

October 22, 2012

I tried to teach my college teams the way Slater Martin played and coached his teams. To be agressive. He was a great player and coach but an even better man.

Alta White

October 22, 2012

My husband,Vilbry White,and Slater first met while playing on the UT basketball team in the late 40's. Slater was fresh out of his stint in the service and Vilbry a letterman who was the youngest member of the team, due to so many returning veterans. He took Vilbry under his wing and they became good friends. They remained so until the end of their lives. Vilbry passed away less than two months ago. While he was hospitalized, Slater talked with him almost every day to "see how he was doing". Although Slater himself was ill, he attended my husband's furneral. When I spoke with him later on the phone, he apologized for not staying longer, but had a doctor's appointment to keep. How typical of him to make the effort to come at all. During the last few years, the two of them met frequently at our home to share tales of the old days. They also spent many hours at Willie G's with Vilbry's sons-in-law and brothers, regaling all present with the stories of their youth. Slater had a prodigious
memory and we were always amazed that he could recall such detailed events of the past. Always kind, unassuming, as well as entertaining, much of what he had to say was self-deprecating and hilarious. He shall be sorely missed. I like to think that he and my husband are together again, free of worldly pain, and continuing their close friendship in heaven. May God bless them both. Alta White

October 22, 2012

To the Martin family: I pray God's comfort and strength is yours. Slater was one of the nicest individuals I have ever known, and the list is not long. RIP Slater.

Josie Aguilar
JDHS Alumni member