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Edward Sam Salazar of Lake Odessa surprised us all by driving in his final home run on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 after an unexpected illness.


Edward (Ed) was born in Ionia, Michigan on March 30, 1964 the son of Juan and Norma (Vela) Salazar and grew up in Lake Odessa with his brother Roger.  He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1982 where he excelled in baseball, basketball and cross country.  He participated in Vagabonds and was well known for singing the national anthem at Lakewood’s sporting events.


Ed is survived by his father; Juan Salazar, brother Roger Salazar, three children; Lindsay (Kyle) Weber, Edward Sam II (Amanda Kemp) Salazar, Olivia Salazar and 7 grandchildren; Mackenna, Isaac, Daniel, Gabriel, Veda, Emma and Cecelia.  He was preceded in death by his mother; Norma Salazar.


He was known as; Dad, Papa, Big Word, Coach, Uncle Eddie and Ten’er, by those who loved him. He was a go with the flow kind of man who enjoyed the simple things in life such as singing along to a great song on the radio, cruising country roads and playing newspaper trivia with his family. Ed shared a birthday with his only son Eddie who considers it one of the greatest gifts from his father.  He was a great dad and father figure to several nieces and nephews who valued their Uncle Eddie’s unconditional love.


Ed treasured watching his children play sports and cheering them on from the stands.  When the grandkids came along, they quickly became the apples of his eye.  His grandchildren will remember their Papa’s bigger than life hugs, ear to ear smile and receiving a dollar every time he stopped by.


The family would like you to remember Ed as a great man aware of his own flaws and his ability to overlook the flaws of others with unconditional love and acceptance. Throughout Ed’s many years of coaching, Lakewood athletes, he was able to share his passion both on and off the court. His children consider it an honor to have shared this special man’s love with others.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ed Salazar memorial fund at MSUFCU for his grandchildren.


The family will hold a celebration of life for Ed when we can freely gather to share amazing memories, unforgettable hugs and the impact Ed left on our lives.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ed’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006


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14 Condolences

  1. Kristen Avery on December 23, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Eddie always had a smile on his face & a big hug to give every time I saw him. Won’t be the same on the softball fields without him.
    Praying for the entire family during this difficult time. May the memories you have comfort & heal during this time of loss.
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

  2. Kelli Arizola on December 23, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    There are some angels put on earth disguised as human. They have big hearts, kind words, many friends and much patience; they are the ones that when they leave us to go home, our world just shatters. They are the ones that leave a million memories. The grief is unbearable, like we can’t breath. We will never be the same; every game will be played for you, every song sang for you, every laugh will be for you, and every single tear that will be shed will be for you. Eddie, Lindsey, Olivia, I love you like you are my own. There are no words that will make this better; they were never made. I wish they were. Just know, every time you think you hear him, you do. Every time you think you see him, you do. In Eddie’s honor, we have purchased 10 trees that will be planted in the San Bernardino National Forest in California, to replace the ones that were lost in the wild fires. Where life is lost, life is given. Wait at the end of the rainbow for us, Ed, David will probably need a ride……

  3. Tina Sauers on December 23, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Eddie was a great man and he will be greatly missed. He was an awesome basketball coach and my son really looked up to him. I am so sorry Little Eddie, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for the entire Salazar family.

  4. Mike B on February 5, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Had a short dream with Ed in it last night….I was a young kid coming into basketball practice and just like every other time I came into practice I was greeted by a passionate Ed saying “Michael B!”… miss that mans smiling face :) but woke up feeling grateful for the way he shaped my life. miss ya coach

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