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Leroy C. Folmar
  • Passed away on June 28, 2022

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On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Dr. Leroy C. Folmar, 75, passed peacefully at home. Leroy lost his battle with cancer that he had fought for over 25 years.

Leroy was born in Beverly, Massachusetts on January 28, 1947. He and his family relocated to Endicott, NY, and then to Rochester, MN. He graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester in 1964 and went on to study at numerous universities. Between attaining his B.A and M.S. at Mankato State University, he enlisted into the United Sates Marine Corp (served 1969-1971, reserve from 1971-1975). After graduating from Mankato State, he transferred jobs with the federal government to Seattle, WA. While in Washington he attended the University of Washington, where he earned his PhD. His research and scientific career with the federal government took him to many locations and offered him opportunities to do meaningful work in fisheries and marine life. He had a few main passions in life; golf, cars, 50’s and 60’s classic rock and roll, fish, and family. He was described by many as quirky, highly intelligent, had an incredible memory, and was highly respected in his field.

Leroy is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur J. Folmar and Rebecca E. Folmar. He is survived by his longtime girlfriend of 20 years, Sharon Knutson; his son, Sean P. Folmar; his daughter, Krista E. Valentin and husband Brian Valentin; and his grandson, Neil P. Folmar.

Family members and friends will be invited to a military internment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, in honor of his life and military service. The date and time are yet to be determined.

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  1. William Thompson says:
    04 Jul 2022
    Roy, I didn't appreciate you fully while we were in school in Mankato. I wasn't smart enough to realize how smart you were. I do remember your skill with trivia, which you loved, and I also marvel at your competitiveness; we played tennis together, and though I had played more, I couldn't beat you. So frustrating. We spent a little time together in Rochester, which is where I came to appreciate your brilliance and some of your professional accomplishments. You lived your life bravely, assertively, and you did what you wanted to do. I envy that. I wish I could have spent more time with you.

  2. Linda Tanner & Gary Iverson says:
    04 Jul 2022
    Sharon, Our hearts are breaking for you and the family. Leroy was such a huge personality, incredibly witty and a clever person with a brilliant mind and memory. We always enjoyed our time with him and were so happy we got to spend time with you both very recently. Sending much love and strength.

  3. Linda Tanner & Gary Iverson lit a candle:
    04 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 4, 2022 at 7:13:39 AM

  4. Linda Tanner & Gary Iverson lit a candle:
    04 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 4, 2022 at 7:13:03 AM

  5. Krista Valentin says:
    03 Jul 2022
    I will always hold you deep in my heart, Dad. I’m heartbroken you are gone, but I know you are in a much better place. Love always Krista (and Brian)

  6. Charles Springer says:
    03 Jul 2022
    We had a fun time with Rounds , and LaRock in high school and later with Dockerty. You were always fun to converse with and listen to. You had some good ideas and knowledge. You went too soon. Say high to Pat and Jim.
    Chuck Springer

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