Monday, November 23, 2009

IN MEMORIAM: David Mark Slusser

It is my sad duty to inform you of the untimely death of David Mark Slusser, former HI-HO the Clown on the Big John Strong Circus in the early 70s. Dave was the son of Chester and Marylu Slusser, long time Circus fans, historians and model builders.

Ken Slusser

David Mark Slusser

November 19, 2009 5:44 PM

David Mark Slusser, a long time resident of Porterville passed away on November 3, 2009.

A graduate of Porterville Union High School who completed early to join the John Strong Circus as a professional entertainer performing magic tricks as HI-HO the Clown and working as an advance man for the show. He joined the US Army and was assigned to the 101's Airborne obtaining the rank of Sergeant and served as a trainer at Fort Benning, Georgia and as a recruiter in Virginia. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1979 before coming home to Porterville to take care of his aging parents.

A lifelong circus fan, he was an accomplished wood carver and carpenter, he frequently collaborated with his friend Bill Melton on wagon restoration. For many years he has been a regular exhibitor at the Tulare Antique Farm Show, Five Dogs, and Draft Horse Shows.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents Chester and MaryLu Slusser and is survived by his older brother and sister-in- law, Ken and Christine Slusser of Santa Margarita, CA and his younger brother Clyde Slusser of Porterville.
A dedicated artisan who loved his craft and life, he will be missed dearly by his many friends and family.
He will be laid to rest at the Veteran's Cemetery in Bakersfield.

Donations in his honor may be made to your favorite charity.

Service under the direction of Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Funeral & Cremation Service.

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