Tribute to Ernie Sheldon

ERNIE SHELDON (1934-2020)

It is with a heavy heart to announce that longtime Folsom resident, City of Folsom Councilmember and Vice Mayor and Folsom Athletic Association Executive Director Ernie Sheldon passed away November 13.

It all begin in 1985, when Ernie moved to Folsom and asked, "Can I help?"

Ernie played a major role with the FAA to preserve the land, advocate for the development of parks, trails, and facilities, and create recreation programs for Folsom residents, young and old, and their families. He raised over one million dollars for the FAA to collaborate with the city, school district, local businesses, and government services to build these opportunities. Folsom is the number #1 city to live, work, and play because of his dedication and hard work.

Prior to Ernie's involvement with the city, he served 33 years with the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a decorated lieutenant colonel. Ernie was the Grand Marshal of this year's Folsom's Veterans Day parade. A tribute to Ernie and the veterans is available on the City of Folsom, Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Ernie built a legacy in Folsom with every person he met and every project he was involved with. The Folsom Athletic Association is honored to have renamed his FAA Project Vision Fund to the FAA Ernie Sheldon Legacy Fund for his devotion to the city, its parks and trails, recreation programs, and athletic and youth sports. You will see and feel Ernie's presence today, and in years to come.

In honor of Ernie, the FAA created the Ernie Sheldon Memorial Scholarship for a Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School graduating senior. The scholarship is based on the seniors dedication to their high school spirit combined with academic studies, community service and personal perseverance.

City of Folsom, Folsom Athletic Association

Rest in Peace Ernie
Your legacy will live forever in our hearts and lives.

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Ernie Sheldon Legacy Fund
Ernie Sheldon Memorial Scholarship

TNT - Ernie Sheldon - Champion of our Community 2021
Another GREAT Fireworks Fundraiser (2021).
Thank you Folsom and surrounding communities for supporting the FAA and Community Youth Sports!

Folsom Telegraph – Gold Country Media – Ernie Sheldon Legacy Fund continues his efforts
Matt Long, January 21, 2021

Folsom Pays Tribute to the Nation’s VeteransThis year’s honorary Grand Marshal is Ernie Sheldon.

The traditional parade will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Folsom will still pay tribute to the nation’s veterans with a short video. Watch the Veterans Day Commemoration on Wednesday, November 11 at 9 a.m. on

Folsom Telegraph – Gold Country Media – Our Town: Ernie Sheldon is a true Folsom lagacy maker
Amanda Rowland, September 4, 2020

Folsom Athletic Association - Tribute to Ernie Sheldon 2020
Folsom Athletic Association - Tribute to Ernie Sheldon 2020