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Donald K. "Deke" Slayton
Birth: Mar. 1, 1924
Sparta
Monroe County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 1993
League City
Galveston County
Texas, USA

American Astronaut. One of the "Original Seven" Mercury astronauts, he was grounded in 1962 due to a minor heart fibrillation. He was later named Director of Flight Crew Operations (otherwise known as "Chief Astronaut"), selecting all astronauts for crews until 1973, when he was restored to flight status. He flew 1 mission, the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project - the first linkup in space with the then Soviet Union. He was later President of Space Services, a private rocket corporation. He helped design the "Conestoga 1", which was launched in 1983. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Bobbie Belle Jones Slayton (1945 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Brain cancer
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered over family farm, Wisconsin
 
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Record added: Jul 27, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 11277
Donald K. Deke Slayton
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Donald K. Deke Slayton
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- bob tarte
 Added: Jun. 13, 2014

- Palm Springs Girl
 Added: Jun. 13, 2014
Mr. Slayton, thank you for your contribution to the space program. I salute you sir. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Jun. 13, 2014
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