Carl David Folsom(1938 - 2016)

Carl David Folsom August 17, 1938 - May 15, 2016 San Diego Carl David Folsom, 77, of San Diego, CA passed away on May 15, 2016, surrounded by his family after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Carl was a native San Diegan born at Mercy Hospital on August 17, 1938, the only child of Jack H. Folsom and Harriet (Cromer) Folsom of San Diego. He grew up in Pacific Beach where he attended Pacific Beach Junior High School and graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1956. Following high school, Carl enlisted in the U.S. Army, went through basic training at Fort Ord, CA, and was part of Tank Company 85th Infantry Regiment stationed in Germany during 1957 and 1958.Upon completing his military service, Carl enrolled at San Diego State College where he graduated in 1963 with a Social Science Degree. He used to recall driving to and from campus when Interstate 8 was just a two lane road. Carl was very, very proud of his alma mater and was often seen wearing the school logo and colors of red and black. He is the patriarch of a three generation family of SDSU alumni where endowed scholarships in his name have been established. After graduation, Carl spent the first 10 years of his career in public service working for CALTRANS in San Diego. In 1973, he accepted a position working for the City of San Diego where he served as a Personnel Analyst in the City's Personnel Department until his retirement in 1998.Carl married his beloved wife, Judy (Shine) Folsom, on August 5, 1967 in Prairie Village, KS, a suburb of Kansas City, where Judy was raised by Irish immigrant parents and grew up with her seven siblings. Judy was introduced to Carl by a friend not long after relocating from Kansas City to San Diego in 1965, and they were lovingly married for more than 48 years. Judy worked her entire career for the City of San Diego, where she retired from the City Employees Retirement System in 1999. Carl was a lifelong Padres fan, beginning with his first games at Lane Field watching the Pacific Coast League Padres. From the 1980s until the Padres moved to Petco Park in 2004, Carl rarely missed a home game. He was also an SDSU Aztec Football season ticket holder. He loved to attend the games with his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters. Growing up in a house on the beaches of Mission Bay, Carl loved the water his entire life and also enjoyed Irish and classical music and reading. Carl and Judy enjoyed traveling to many countries often with Judy's siblings, but Ireland, Egypt and Germany were Carl's favoritedestinations.Carl was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Judy Folsom, their son Carl (aka "Dave") Folsom Jr., daughter Christine and her husband Frederick W. Pierce, IV and granddaughters Peyton G. Pierce and Riley F. Pierce. Private memorial services have been held in Kansas City where Carl has been interred in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to San Diego State University, c/o The Campanile Foundation, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1968 for credit to the Carl D. Folsom Alumni Scholarship Endowment or to Alzheimer's San Diego, 6632 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on May 29, 2016