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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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  1. Gary Secor on December 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Ed was a very special person and I considered a good friend who gave a lot to the youth of Lake Odessa with his passion for basketball and baseball that had a lifetime impact on so many. We had some very memorable moments with AYBT and other tournaments through the years and he never focused so much on the wins as much as he wanted to have his team learn and enjoy the game! (Although Ed really did love to win)! God bless you Ed for the man you were and the lives you touched. My sincere condolences to the Salazar family. I hope that fond and treasured memories of Ed will be of some comfort to you during this difficult time. Regard, Gary Secor

  2. Patrick Kennedy on December 22, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    My prayers go out to the entire family ihad some great playing ball with Eddie and also on opposite sides you will always be remembered 🙏 ❤

  3. Kristen Kennedy on December 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Eddie, a.k.a. Big Word will be greatly missed in our community. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile for everyone. A great competitor who loved teaching people how to play the same the right way. I have a lot of great memories with him, and it certainly won’t be the same without him, but he was beloved and will truly be missed. You won’t be forgotten, Eddie. Praying for the family in this time.

  4. Stephen Eberly on December 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Sincere prayers go out to the family of Eddie. It was an honor and a privilege to know him and play ball with him. He was an incredible inspiration to many. Godspeed.

  5. Pete Zamora on December 22, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I had the pleasure of playing softball with, and against Eddie. He was one of the best players I’ve ever seen. I will miss seeing him on the ball field. He will be missed by many RIP Eddie!

  6. Mickey Rhines on December 22, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    One of the nicest guys I ever played against, never without a hug and a smile

  7. John koval on December 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Prayers to the family. Ed was a great friend and teammate.

  8. Michael Saucedo on December 22, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    My condolences to la Familia Eddie was a great Friend teammate all around person you will be missed God Speed till we play ball again God bless much love and respect

  9. Kurt Ackerson on December 22, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    RIP Big (fast ) Eddie. I am honored to have played many years on the same softball fields as you. You played the game fluently and very well. I will always remember and also am honored to have played many games with and against you on the basketball courts also. Again you played hoops smoothly and were very good also. Whatever you did and this includes coaching High School Basketball you did it well and always enjoyed it all and made it look easy and oh that continous smile man it was awesome. You were one of the most genuine person that walked the face of this earth . I will always respect and cherish how you treated my children and others as well . The World lost a great man but the heavens have gained one.

  10. Inge,Bacilio, and family on December 23, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Sending prayers to all of you.

  11. 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.”

  12. 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……

  13. 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.

  14. 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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