‘We are much better people because he was a part of our life’


Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of a beloved high school teacher.

48-year-old Ed Folsom died unexpectedly last Monday.

Sunday, students and colleagues gathered to remember his warmth and his humor at Buchanan High School 

Mr. Folsom taught English and Improv at Buchanan.

His colleagues say this was his1 3th year at the high school. 

A sea of red filled the stands inside Buchanan High Schools gymnasium.

“This is a terrible, lovely gathering,” said a woman speaking at the service.

Hundreds gathered to remember the beloved English teacher.

“You are all in this room because in some small or large part you were special to him and he was special to you,” she said.

A former student honored Folsom, who he said helped buy him his first guitar.

Dozens of messages displayed show the enormous impact Folsom had on all.

“Mr. Folsom pushed me far beyond my expectations of myself and for that I will forever be grateful,” said a student. 

Tears shed and moments of laughter, many say the teacher was known for his sense of humor.

“He was the first one to make you laugh, that was his joy in life,” said Marcos Martinez, a colleague and friend.

Martinez said he coached the “UnBEARables” Improv team at BHS. 

Several of his students paid tribute to the man they say lit up the room with his infectious laugh with a improv game of Folsom’s favorite things.

Martinez said Folsom’s greatest joys were his students, wife and two young boys.

“He wasn’t only a great teacher, we was an outstanding friend, he was a great family man, he was just the best of all of us,” he said.

As many mourn, one thing is clear, Mr. Folsom, or as some called him, “The Red Demon” will be missed and will never be forgotten.

“We are much better people because he was a part of our life,” Martinez said.

Buchanan plans to start a scholarship in Folsom’s name.

There’s also a GoFundMe account to help his wife and two young children. 


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