Slaughter Jr., James Martin

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March 19, 1942 - September 22, 2019

Slaughter Jr., James Martin

James “Jim” Martin Slaughter Jr., 77 of Plano, Texas passed away surrounded by family and friends on September 22, 2019.

Jim was born in Abilene, Texas on March 19, 1942 to Frances Mae Thomas and Dr. James Martin Slaughter. He was a direct descendent of Collin McKinney who was a “Son of Texas” and drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Jim was a proud graduate of Hillcrest High School Class of 1960. He went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 1961 where he was stationed in El Torro, CA and served honorably until his discharge in 1964 as a Lance Corporal. Following his service, Jim would enjoy more than 25 years in the restaurant business.  People of Dallas will fondly remember his consistently amazing barbecue restaurants, most notably Penny Pinchers and Buns Barbecue where long lines always extended out the doors.

The IT boom of the 90’s took Jim from Dallas to Chicago and later to San Francisco where he lived for several years. Returning to Dallas and not quite ready to retire, he utilized his love of motorcycles and began teaching motorcycle training courses. There he would meet his future wife Shannon Harden. Together they would open and operate Texas Motorcycle Training for the next 10 years until his retirement.

Jim left us all too soon and will be remembered not only for his multiple successes in life, but also for his strong character, enduring work ethic and unwavering sense of loyalty.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father and dear sister, Francis Grace Slaughter Horn.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Shannon and their two dogs, Riley and Sophie. His daughter Jennifer and her husband Carl Wells. Sons, James Martin Slaughter III, Dr. Reid Joseph Slaughter and wife Joslin.  Brother, Joe McDaniel and wife Susan. Stepsister, Awilda McDaniel Carr. His grandchildren, Madelyn Johnson, Marilyn Garrett, Grant, Gentry and Collin Slaughter as well as his lifelong, childhood friend Jack Coke.

The family will be receiving friends and family for visitation and viewing on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Celebration of Life service will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel.

Interment will follow at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211 at 2:30 pm, with military honors.

Memorials may be given in Jim’s name to The Golden Retrievers Rescue of North Texas.

The Slaughter family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the doctors and staff of UT Southwestern who labored tirelessly to care for Jim in his final days. We thank you for your efforts.

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David Hopton

October 02, 2019 10:40AM

Jim was a true diamond in the rough. While he may have had some sharp edges he was kind, honest, loyal, proud and fierce. I am better for having known him, and proud to have called him my friend. Rest in peace, brother.


Mark Calhoun

September 29, 2019 2:25PM

To one of the finest men I've ever known and had the pleasure of working for. Rest in peace my friend and God Bless your family.