Community remembers longtime EGR teacher, coach

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Services to honor Matt Fouch, a longtime East Grand Rapids Middle School teacher who died, were held Monday.

Fouch died Dec. 28, 2019 after an 18-month battle with colon cancer. He was 45 years old.

Fouch was also a high school coach known by many as “Fouchy.” He started at East Grand Rapids in 1999 and coached freshman football for 23 years.

Both services were held at Calvary Church. A visitation was held first, followed by a celebration of life service.

At Monday’s service, his wife, Jill, spoke about his commitment to the community, his family and his faith.

“Jake, Maddie, and Z — I know that we were your dad’s life, the focus of his love and the reason he played this game. I also know that victory on earth is temporary and that he has won an eternal victory, and was told well done, good and faithful one, when he stood in front of God. Matt you were victorious and the kids and I know the kids and I will see you again when we’re called. Game over,” Jill Fouch said.

>> Video courtesy of Calvary Church

After the two services, there was a tailgate to honor him. The family encouraged students attending to wear EGR colors and attire.  

The school district says community members who wish to express their condolences by sending a card can mail them to:

Mrs. Jill Fouch
c/o Wealthy Elementary School
1961 Lake Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The family asks that donations to “Team Fouch” be made to their GoFundMe page.