Jay Sterling Folsom
Jay Sterling Folsom transitioned from his earthly life on July 1, 2020.
He was born on Oct. 2, 1947 in Long Beach, California,
where he grew to love surfing, fishing, family vacations in
the Sierra Nevada's, collecting insects and exploring the
He graduated from California State University in
1971 with a BA in Biology. He moved with his first
wife, Sandy (Hurley) Morehouse and their growing
family to Portland, Oregon. There, Jay completed his
BS in Medical Technology at the University of Oregon
Health Sciences Center. While working in the hospital
laboratory, Jay developed an interest in the use of
computers in the laboratory. That interest eventually
led to a new career working exclusively in laboratory
computer information management.
Around that time his first marriage was ending.
His new career took him to labs across the country.
Jay eventually resettled in Columbia after marrying
Therese Butler Folsom in 1990. His love of nature,
fishing, insect study and Therese kept him happy there.
Jay maintained his strong family ties to his parents,
siblings and daughters on the west coast and traveled
often to visit them.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents, John and
Martha Folsom (Sullivan). He left many people who
will greatly miss his love, practicality and sarcasm
including his wife of 30 years, Therese Butler Folsom
of Columbia; sister, Pam Folsom Sich of Long Beach;
sister, Beverly Folsom Wiegand (Lane) of Deming,
Washington; brother, James Folsom of Portland; his
first wife, Sandra Morehouse (Dennis) of Hillsboro,
Oregon; his daughters, Kimberly Folsom (Alejandro
Tecum) of Cornelius, Oregon; Jennifer Folsom of
Gresham, Oregon; Katherine Folsom of Kansas City;
step-daughter, Amanda Busselman Gloriod (Patrick)
of Peachtree City, Georgia. Jay taught all of his 15
grandchildren and even his nieces and nephews to fish,
and they will miss him dearly.