1938 ~ 2013
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Jerry Jacobsen was a unique man with rare gifts of creativity, dedication, and spiritual understanding. Throughout his 75 years Jerry never departed from his unquenchable thirst for knowledge, his passion for family history, his vision to teach from great books. His reverence for earth's majesty and all things beautiful were captured by him on canvas and film. On Monday, July 1, 2013 Jerry quietly slipped from this life with multiple health problems including metastic thyroid cancer.
The love of Jerry's life, Carol shared his dreams for 37 years. She was his faithful angel, always believing in his potential. Carol blessed his life with three step-children: James Ray Turner (dec), Margaret Alice Turner (dec), and Perry (Cindi) Turner, Arkansas. Their thirteen grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren offered Jerry the opportunity to watch precious children grow into responsible adults.
Jerry, the oldest child of Clark and Mary Jacobsen, was born in Salt Lake on October 11, 1938. His youth was spent in California and Georgia with his sisters Donna (Phil Coleman) and Susan (Dave Allen). Jerry served a LDS mission to Southern California, attended University of Georgia, and graduated from BYU in Fine Arts. He worked as a professional genealogist.
We bid a temporary farewell on Wednesday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m., SLC 19th Ward Chapel, 225 West 500 North. Viewing will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow services at Mountain View Cemetery, 3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
Heartfelt gratitude for the loving care of the nurses at Avalon Care Center and Bristol Hospice. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Jerry's love of literature and helpless creatures, please adopt a cat at the Humane Society or give a great book to a loved one.
Published in Deseret News on July 2, 2013