Donald E. Sloat


Donald Eugene Sloat, 78, was called home to be with his Lord, Monday, April 15.
He is survived by Linda (nee Brouwer), his loving wife of nearly 50 years; his daughters, Amanda and Molly (Justin Large); his two grandchildren, Auden and Amelie; and his three brothers, Dale, Loren and Ross.
Born and raised by Lowell and Miriam on a farm in northern Indiana, Don remained an urban cowboy with his ever-present boots and hat. He was endlessly curious about people and their stories, finding his true calling as a psychologist.
He began his career in Detroit, sharing his Christian faith with young people as a "VCY Man," before spending nearly five decades in private practice in Grand Rapids.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Goshen College, a master's degree from Michigan State University, and a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was the author of two books, "The Dangers of Growing up in a Christian Home," and "Growing up Holy and Wholly," as well as numerous publications.
Don lived according to a clear mission statement: his time on earth would be worthwhile if others could say they were better for having known him. In his free time, he enjoyed taking photographs, boating, reading, playing basketball, riding horses, listening to Elvis Presley and spending time with his family. Don was proud of his 1965 Mustang convertible, which he and his grandson loved tinkering with in the barn.
A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The family will greet friends and relatives Friday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Zaagman.
For a lasting memorial, the family suggests donations to organizations focused on mental health issues or Christian education.
Published on April 18, 2019
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