Weslie Dale Slyter died on Sept. 25 in Reno, Nev., as the result of an aortic aneurism.
He was born on June 11, 1956, in Weiser, Idaho, to Wilson “Rusty” Slyter and Hazel (Burnie) Slyter.
He attended school in Weiser from elementary school through high school, where he played football for the Weiser Wolverines and was active in FFA and other student activities.
Slyter’s love for hunting and fishing was well known and ingrained in him from birth. His family spent a lot of time in the outdoors — camping, fishing and hunting. Slyter was the happiest when he’d out-fish his brother, Dan, and his little sister, Patty would out fish him. He had a very special bond with his sister and was very protective over her.
Slyter spent a lot of time growing up at his Uncle Roy Slyter’s ranch outside Weiser, with his four cousins —Chet, Randy, Tom and Lou. They worked hard on the ranch and he learned to rope, ride and work with cattle in the industry he loved. His cousins were like brothers to him and he treasured those relationships.
After he left school, Slyter went to work for Ralph Stephens in Midvale, and wound up helping Ralph and Deward Gill with their rodeo stock contracting business. He traveled to rodeos during the summer, and in the winter he worked at the Gill Ranch in Riggins, Idaho, where he adopted Donna and Gayle Gill as little sisters.
He married in 1980, and his wife and him had three children. He worked on ranches mostly in the Harney County area. His favorite place to be was at the Roaring Springs Ranch at the base of the Steens Mountain, south of Burns. He loved the opportunities to hunt, fish and trap in the “South End” area.
Slyter always had a story to tell, a coyote to hunt or a fish to catch. He greeted everyone he knew with a grin and a handshake.
Slyter is survived by his son, John Slyter and wife Brooks of Redmond; daughter, Lacy Slyter of Boise, Idaho; sisters, Patricia Ladd and husband Ladd of Anchorage, AK., Ethel Jean Balchunas of Vermont and Pearl Eilene Russell-Carter and husband Ray of Payette, Idaho; brother, Daniel Lee Slyter and wife Lorene of Utah; niece, Cori Carter of Weiser, Idaho; nephews, Brett Slyter and wife Jodi of Weiser, Idaho and Arthur Rusty Ladd of Anchorage, AK; and many other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Wilson and Hazel Slyter, and daughter, Dalli Slyter.
A memorial service for Slyter will be held on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. MST at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Weiser, Idaho. Contributions for the memorial service can be sent to John Slyter, 2872 S.W. Indian Place, Redmond, OR 97756.