GREENSBORO, N.C. — Surrounded by family and friends, Timothy David LaFollette passed away at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, after a long battle with ALS.
He was born on October 11, 1979, in Johnson City, where he spent the majority of his childhood. During summers, he enjoyed visiting family in Oakland, Maine, and although he officially graduated from Science Hill High School in 1997, he spent his senior year in Stirling, Scotland. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro from 1997 to 2001, where he was often spotted barefoot (regardless of the weather) and gallivanting around campus in a cow costume.
A talented and prolific musician, he was best known in the Greensboro music scene as the bass player for the band Kudzu Wish; his more recent musical endeavors included Decoration Ghost and The Popovers. Professionally, he was a self-taught video editor and a founding partner of Keen Innovations.
Tim embraced life with wide eyed wonder and made friends in every corner of the world. He was diagnosed with ALS in April of 2009. Upon learning of his diagnosis, his friends created the Often Awesome Army, a loosely knit organization dedicated to improving Tim’s quality of life and raising awareness about ALS.
Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Karen Keller LaFollette.
He leaves behind his partner, Kaylan Szafranski; father and step-mother, Hugh and Eva LaFollette; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Ron Jones; nephew and niece, Keegan and Makenna Jones; step-sister, Kristie Smith; and, as he liked to refer to his friends, more brothers from other mothers and sisters from different misters than could possibly be named.
A celebration of Tim’s life will be held on Saturday, September 24th, at 5:30 p.m. at New Garden Friends Meeting on the corner of New Garden Road and Friendly Avenue in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Additional information on the services can be found at www.oftenawesome.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALS Therapy Development Institute or ALS Guardian Angels.