Mr. Cusumano was born April 8, 1974, in Staten Island, N.Y., and graduated from Lodi High School. He covered sports for several Central Valley newspapers, including the Tracy Press for several years, before changing careers in 2005 and becoming a fourth-grade teacher.
After meeting his wife-to-be, he was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple married in 2006 and moved to Utah, where Mr. Cusumano taught fourth grade at Midvale Elementary.
In his spare time, he continued writing as a freelancer, contributing to the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and Valley Journals.
He held a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento, and a K-12 administrative credential and master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from University of Utah.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Beus Cusumano of Herriman; a daughter, Corina Rose Cusumano, 4; a son, Anthony Joseph Cusumano, 2; his parents, Giuseppe and Phyllis Rose Cusumano of Lodi; and a brother, Salvatore Cusumano of Lodi.
Memorial services will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Herriman Rose First Ward, 13122 S. Herriman Rose Blvd., in Herriman.
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