SLADE JR., HENRY LEWIS “HANK” Henry Lewis “Hank” Slade, Jr., 77, died on July 8, 2012 after many years of struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Born in Daytona Beach, FL in 1934, Hank spent most of his life in So. California. Santa Barbara High School was where he played football and met his wife of 57 years, Jayne (Allen). His skill and love of playing football took him to USC on a football scholarship from 1954-58. He remained a loyal Trojan to the end. Hank also loved coaching his sons’ sports teams, including football, basketball and baseball. Residing in La Jolla since 1970, Hank and childhood friend, Doug Allred, opened the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club in 1980, which Hank managed for 18 years until his illness forced him to retire.
It was his pride and joy and is now under the management of son Scott. Hank was a willing and active participant in the Alzheimer’s community and worked to educate and promote awareness of the disease through the Alzheimer’s Association and the UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Sign- On San Diego writer, Marsha Kay Seff created an online blog that for several years featured Hank’s progression through Alzheimer’s. Hank’s openness and willingness to talk about his Henry Lewis “Hank” Slade, Jr. Alzheimer’s made him a popular interview and he was featured on KPBS and on channel 10 with Marty Levin.
Survivors include son Henry IV “Skip” and wife Linda, son Scott and wife Loretta, and grandchildren Henry V “Marc”, Corey, Sumer, Natasha, and Nitsa. Silverado Alzheimer’s Community in Encinitas was Hank’s place of residence the past four years with cherished wife Jayne at his side daily as a loving and constant caregiver and companion. The entire staff at Silverado, from maintenance to administration made the years there feel like a loving home. The care-givers and charge nurses who cared for Hank, with great love and respect, were of extraordinary caliber, especially his primary caregiver, Yolanda Meyer.
Burial was July 12th at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
There will be a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on August 23rd at Torrey Pines Christian Church,
8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive in La Jolla with a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Hank can be made to the
UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center,
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive,
La Jolla 92037,
6632 Convoy Court,
San Diego 92111,