Two Michigan communities — Howell and Wayland — are mourning the death of Jeffrey L. Salisbury, 70, who died in his sleep at his Wayland home on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
A longtime teacher in Wayland, Salisbury was born and raised in Howell. A 1967 graduate of Howell High School, Salisbury was president of the Howell Public Schools Alumni Association from 2006-2011. He also ran The Bagpiper: Howell Howell High School Alumni Newsmagazine on Facebook, which kept former students and teachers in touch with each other.
Salisbury taught English and journalism and coached at Wayland Union Schools in Allegan County from 1985 to 2009. He wrote a weekly education column for the TownBroadcast community news website, as well as the “Mister Journalism: Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning” blog.
Salisbury served on the Wayland Union Schools Board of Education from 2010-2014. He was also active in the Allegan County United Way, serving as co-chair of its 2013-14 campaign. He served the City of Wayland as a planning commissioner, library trustee, and interim city council member.
He covered sports and worked as a sports editor for several years after his graduation from Michigan State University. He then taught and coached at Lansing Catholic Central High School before starting his teaching position in Wayland in 1985. Salisbury was a supplemental staff assistant for the Michigan Education Association, serving Van Buren County, and as a special assistant to the Bill Cobbs for Governor of Michigan 2018 campaign.
He is survived by his wife, Penny Salisbury; his two children; and his four grandchildren.