Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Shelton Family Fund

Established 2016


Sam Shelton

The Shelton Family Fund honors our son and brother, Samuel Marston Shelton, whose time with us ended tragically and too soon.  This fund was created from an outpouring of love for Sam and supports the Sam Shelton Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a graduate of St. Charles East High School enrolling in an out-of-state, four year college or university. Sam was a generous, adventurous and open-hearted soul, and it is our hope that the good works the fund supports will help keep Sam’s spirit alive.

Sam Shelton was born March 11, 1997, in Chicago and grew up in St. Charles, attending Davis Elementary School, Thompson Middle School, and East High School, graduating in May 2015. A natural athlete with a competitive spirit, Sam played club as well as high school soccer but loved all sports, especially pickup basketball games at X-sport or in his driveway. In high school, Sam developed a passion for music, which became his focus by his senior year. He loved nothing more than dancing in the kitchen, banging out tunes on the piano, collaborating on digital music with his friends and attending the concerts of his favorite artists. He dreamed of one day DJ-ing all around the world.

In August 2015, Sam enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder, realizing a lifelong goal of moving to Colorado to explore the Rocky Mountains and spend more time with his nearby cousins. He was fascinated by people and was considering sociology as his major. Sam loved Boulder and made many friends during his short time there.

On the night of November 15, 2015, Sam was a passenger in a car that was hit head-on by a drunk driver. On January 26, 2016, never having regained consciousness, Sam passed away as a result of the traumatic injuries he sustained in the accident.

Sam’s friends and family remember him as a genuine, funny, and charismatic young man who brought energy and smiles everywhere he went. Sam was an effortless people person who always demonstrated deep loyalty to his tribe. His kindness and curiosity knew no bounds.


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