William Roger Slocum, aka Willie or Will, died peacefully April 20, 2013 at 90.
A thoroughbred jockey, once leading apprentice rider at a Bay Meadows meet in 1943, racing the West Coast and Canada until 1954 when injuries caused retirement. He then became a commercial sign painter and aspiring politician.
Born to Stella (Redfield) and Paul Slocum, Dec. 29, 1922 in Alhambra, the third of five children. Predeceased by his wife Pearl of 62 years, brothers Robert and Jack, sister Irene. Survived by youngest brother Richard, niece Cindy Slocum Contos, of northern Washington, Cousin Esther Smith, of White Bluff, Tenn., son Roger Slocum (Debra), granddaughter Jennifer, great-granddaughters Justice and Jovanni, of Hagerman, Idaho. Grandson Noah Lowry, great-grandchildren Noelle, Wyatt and Ryder, of Northern California, daughter Linda Slocum Lara, granddaughter Salena Lara Paul (Bobby), great-granddaughters Liliana and Adeline, of San Mateo.
“A talented artist, poet and writer, strong and courageous, kind, sweet, pleasant and abundantly grateful, stoic through suffering and pain, maintaining his grace and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by his family.”
A memorial of life celebration will be 2 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at 228 N. San Mateo Drive, No. 2, San Mateo, Information: 348-5125. Instead of flowers, donations gratefully to: GEVA, Charitable Equine Rehabilitation Facility, P.O. Box 2101 Glen Ellen, CA 95442; or, NCEFT, National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, 880 Runnymede Road. Woodside, CA 94062; or, Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, 16200 North Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490.