Family and education were Joe Slavin's passions. His sudden death Wednesday leaves two Twin Cities school districts reeling, to say nothing of his wife and three daughters.
Slavin, 45, was the principal at Skyview Middle School in Oakdale. He lived in Woodbury, though, and served on the school board in that district, the South Washington County schools.
A short message from the South Washington County district says Woodbury police confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Slavin had been found dead.
On Skyview's web page Superintendent Christine Osorio posted a similar message, saying "Mr. Slavin was a warm and caring person. His presence and leadership will be deeply missed."
No details about his death yet
Law enforcement had made no statement about Slavin's death by Wednesday evening.
Earlier in the day the Woodbury Bulletin reported police found the body of a man in his mid 40s at Carver Lake Park about 8:30 a.m. Police told the Bulletin the man was found unresponsive near his vehicle in the park, adding that there was no threat to the public and that they were not searching for anyone.
Teacher, principal, board member, coach
Slavin's message on the Skyview website says he'd been principal there since 2013 and had taught there for eight years before that. Osorio says Slavin was going to start a new job on July 1 as director of communications and technology for the district.
His bio on the South Washington County site says Slavin was appointed to the school board in April of 2015. He was later elected to a four-year term and had done some coaching in the district.
"Along with being passionate about Skyview Middle School, I am equally passionate about my family," Slavin writes on the Skyview site. "I am the father of three amazing girls and have the honor of being married to my high school sweetheart."
Osorio says counselors will be available to meet with Skyview students and staff in coming days.