In Memory

Chester Slimp

Chester Arthur Slimp III, born in San Antonio Texas on July 9, 1951, passed away on the morning of February 4, 2015 in his home, with his wife and son at his side.

He is preceded in death by his father, Chester A. Slimp Jr., and his mother, Ellen Naylor.  He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia; his son, Chester IV; his sister, Ellen Sinclair; and his brother, Andrew Brownlow Slimp II. 

Chester graduated from MacArthur High School, San Antonio, Texas in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977.  In his professional career, he worked for several firms--the City of San Antonio and most notably, Alamo Architects.  He had a life-long passion for music and cars.  As a drummer, he played for various San Antonio and Austin bands, most notably the Grim Reapers (dates active, 1960-1970).  Known by his his bandmates and friends as the” Flam-Master”, he is the self-proclaimed “King of the San Antonio Slop Rock Drumming Style”.  Chester could sing with soul and was always the life of a party. 

His family would like to specially thank Alamo Architects for all of its support; Gladys Gonzalez and Dr. Laura Houston for their kindness and care; and Bob and Carolyn Thronson for their love and spiritual guidance during Chester’s illness.  Graveside services will be held just south of San Antonio in Adkins, Texas, at Kicaster Cemetery (FM 3432 and CR 324), on February 15, 2015 at 3 p.m.  His family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in Chester’s memory, to the charity of your choice.  To leave a message for the family, please visit Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.

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02/07/15 03:58 PM #1    

Butch Gerfers

I was greatly saddened to hear of Chester's passing. He was a member of the Class of 69 and a tireless worker on the reunion committee. I looked forward to each committee meeting to hear Chester's "pearls of wisdom". I first met Chester at Garner in Coach Wes Davis' PE class in 1964. Chester always had an unusual take on life. I'm told by a somewhat reliable source (If I disclosed my source, you'd understand why I didn't say totally reliable) that Chester wanted to make damn sure that the memorial board at the next reunion received the proper attention and importance. Chester, old friend, you will be missed.


02/08/15 10:12 AM #2    

Roger Barnes

What a sad day, such a loss.  Debby and I really feel for Cynthia and the Slimp family. Chester really was wonderful.  I enjoyed him so much, there was nobody else like Chester. He had a sweetness about him, a humanity that made him endearing-- the soul of a poet.  I admired his artistic mind and his elegant and personal way of writing, speaking, and relating to people.  I loved listening to him talk and reading things he had written.  He could sure make you smile.  And he was a good and loyal friend.  He once told me about going to the funerals of some of our  classmates telling me " I do love my Brahmas".  I first met Chester when we both wore ducktails, pegged pants and "stomps" at Garner but I really got to know him at the reunions the last 20 years.  In recent years we communicated at length via email about our "garage band" days and such.  What fun he was.  We will miss him so much.  He was so rare.

02/08/15 01:02 PM #3    

Glen Burton

Chester was a friend I will never forget. He was special in ways not many can be, that's for sure. He was a long time friend of my family. I forget exactly how we met outside of school but it was before I moved from the 'Southside' to Mac in '67'. My dad was their family doctor for many years. I never really kept up with him over the years but every time we met up it was as if we had been best friends forever. Rest in peace Chester, an old friend gone but not forgotten. Glen Burton

02/09/15 09:04 AM #4    

Kenneth H. (Ken) Pearce

I did not know Chester well at Mac. We moved in different circles. I knew folks that were friends with Ches—and vice versa—but he and I didn’t hang out together. It wasn’t until the Calls of '69 reunions and the planning that went with them that I got to know him and learned what a clever and unique person he was. He LOVED the Mac Class of ’69 and all Macsters—no question. He contributed his time, talents and money to making the reunions work. He created artwork maps that adorned at least one of our Class of '69 reunion booklets. Many of the special features of the Class of '69 website were created and/or tweaked by Ches. He was the moving force behind “Fiesta de Los Brahmas”. He posted a number of videos on YouTube. Many of those were eclectic—but they were all pure Ches. He relentlessly pursued from UT archives the Goldbeck panoramic pics taken at Garner and Mac of both the Class of ’69 and the Class of ‘70 and had them enlarged for viewing at the 2014 reunion. The pics were a huge hit and are a lasting memento of his love for all things Mac. Gary Caswell, Barb Marullo and I were invited by his wife Cynthia to spend some time with Ches a week before he passed away. We sat outdoors with him on a beautiful day for about 4 hours and told stories, laughed, cried and remembered. That was a wonderful time. I will miss him.

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