IRA S. SLAVEN MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTER 2007-2008
Ira Sherman Slaven was born in Taylor, Michigan on February 1, 1942, the third child of AY and Ruby Slaven. Ira was educated in Taylor Schools and graduated from Taylor Center High School in June 1960.
He joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at K I Sawyer Air Force Base in Marquette and then at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
After his discharge he attended Henry Ford College, studying for a career in Mortuary Science. While working as a medical technician for Taylor Ambulance in 1965, he met Gayle Dornton in the Emergency Room of Oakwood Hospital.
They were married on October 5, 1968 and were blessed with five children, Joseph, Judith, Joanna, Jayson and Jessica. They have six Grandchildren, with number 7 & 8 on the way.
While working for the ambulance company Ira accepted a challenge from a fellow worker and wrote the exam for a position with the Taylor Fire Department as a Firefighter. Ira was hired shortly thereafter and retired in 1996 as Fire Inspector.
Ira began his Masonic journey while serving with the Air Force in Sault Ste. Marie when he petitioned Bethel Lodge #358. After his discharge he transferred his membership to Golden Ark Lodge #595 and served as the Secretary for a total of more than 23 years, serving as Worshipful Master in 1977and is currently a Life Member.
Ira’s other Masonic affiliations include a plural membership with Allen Park Key Lodge #580; Valley of Detroit Scottish Rite, where he served as Most Wise Master of Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix; Detroit Commandery No. 1, K.T.; Monroe Council #1, R.& S.M.; Monroe Chapter #1, R.A.M.; Moslem Temple Shrine; Nankin Chapter, O.E.S.; and Al Matta Grotto.