Stone's smile was contagious. It would light up a room instantly the moment he walked in. However, he never liked his smile and would try to hide it when his picture was taken. To know Stone was to know his smile, his kind heart and his peace sign!
Stone Justin Foltz was born November 21, 2000. His mom and dad, Shari and Cory were so excited for their first-born son and the future he had before him. Stone had 2 younger siblings, a brother AJ and a sister Jersee. Of course, that doesn't include all the family pets he had as well.
As Stone grew, he dreamed of owning a fashion business one day. He attended Bowling Green State University in the Fall of 2019 to start that dream by working on a business degree. He was an avid Ohio State Football and Basketball fan and loved playing high school basketball and lacrosse.
Stone's parents describe their son as a kind, gentle, caring person who was always there for others and especially for his family. Stone was that guy that was always looking out for others and making sure they knew they had someone to talk with when they needed an ear to listen. He was that loyal friend that everyone wants in their life!
During Stone's freshman year at BGSU, he looked into joining a fraternity. He researched some of them to find out what it was all about. After many conversations with family and friends along with the information he discovered along the way he made the decision not to join a fraternity that year. He told his parents and aunt that many of the fraternities he researched were doing drugs as well as putting drugs in girls' drinks. He knew he wanted no part of these types of activities and having more friends like that was not aligned with his values. So, he focused on his schoolwork and hanging out with his friends.
Then in late February 2021, Stone told his parents and aunt he had decided to join a fraternity. He told them his reasons for joining were to network and build his resume. At the time, he was already going thru the pledging process and he explained to them some of the things his future fraternity brothers were having him do. Advice given to Stone at the time was to focus on school first and to be smart about all that he did. However, these duties placed extra stress on Stone that first week in March and he talked to his mom about them. He told her he was fine and could push through. Unfortunately, Stone's instincts were telling him something wasn't quite right.
On the night of March 4th, 2021, Cory and Shari received the phone call that no parent wants. Shari knew immediately it was regarding Stone and the Big/Little event he had mentioned just hours earlier. Tragically, Stone passed on March 7th, 2021 from alcohol poisoning after the PIKE Fraternity ritual activities. His family honored Stone's wishes he made at the age of 16 when he decided to be an organ and tissue donor. They stayed with him for an extra 3 days in the hospital to carry out those wishes to help change other lives forever.
Stone was a hero in many ways. He did amazing acts of kindness throughout his life that had long lasting impacts on the lives of others. The iamstonefoltz FOUNDATION is dedicated to keeping the memory of Stone Foltz alive and to bring acts of kindness to others.
The peace sign is in dedication of Stone as he was frequently seen using the sign especially when his photo was taken.