Scott Michael Sleeter, 49, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on 26 February 2023 surrounded by his wife, LaRae, children, Tyler, Jacob, Oliver, and Sophia, his brother, Jason, and friend, Morgan Mooso. Scott had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma on 14 October 2022.
Scott was born on 31 March 1973 to George and Theresa (Jagodzinski) Sleeter in Chicago Heights, Illinois and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He had one younger brother, Jason Sleeter. Scott was an altar boy, a paper boy, and a Boy Scout, earning his Eagle Scout Award in 1989. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1991 and went on to study history at Ball State University.
After graduating with a degree in history and his teaching certification, Scott moved to San Antonio, Texas to begin his 23 year teaching career at Southwest High School. He spent his last 3 years teaching at Cast-Stem High School. During his long tenure, he served as UIL coach, graduation assistant, chess club sponsor, and Social Studies Department Head. He mentored several student teachers, and estimated teaching approximately 3000 students.
Scott aimed high and earned his Masters of Arts in Public History from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2020. He graduated summa cum laude along side his wife, LaRae. He completed his internship at the Institute of Texas Cultures, where a display he created on Buffalo Soldiers can be seen. He was planning for a second career in museums upon retiring from teaching in 2 more years.
In 2001, Scott met LaRae Ritchie and her two children, Tyler and Jacob. Together they formed a family and were married in South Bend, Indiana on 15 June 2002. Scott raised his sons as their only father, and formally adopted them on 5 February 2010. Scott and LaRae had a love for children and became foster parents in 2014. They eventually received Oliver and Sophia on 20 February 2015, and formally adopted them on 11 August 2015. Scott and LaRae were planning to recertify as foster parents, prior to his cancer diagnosis. As a family, they loved to travel and went on many adventures throughout Texas and the east coast. Scott shared his love of all things Marvel, Dungeons & Dragons, and Chicago Cubs with his family.
Scott was predeceased by his father George Sleeter and his beloved dog Ellie. He is survived by his wife, LaRae, his children, Tyler, Jacob, Oliver, and Sophia, his mother Theresa (Jagodzinski) Sleeter, his brother, Jason (Nicci Bunker) Sleeter, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family is respecting Scott’s wishes for no viewing and no funeral. In true Scott style, the family is asking everyone to help celebrate Scott’s 50th birthday on 31 March by attending the opening of the Dungeons & Dragons movie where ever you may live. Wear a super hero t-shirt, drink a Pepsi, grab some Whoppers, and get ready to compare the movie to the game.
There will be a local mass in honor of Scott Michael Sleeter at 12:15pm Friday, March 31, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 309 S Taylor St, South Bend, IN 46601.
Arrangements were initially made by Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville, TX
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