Raymond Allen "Jake" Jacobs|
Dec. 22, 1942 – March 9, 2014
Resident of San Jose, Traveler of the World
If a man is judged not by what he leaves behind but by how he inspired other people – Jake's life was truly well, happily and successfully lived. Jake left us on a bright and beautiful Sunday, after a brief struggle with lung and bone cancer. He was born in Detroit MI to parents Raymond and Evelyn Jacobs. He grew up there, playing baseball as a pitcher and hockey as a goalie in school, beginning his life-long love of sports. He served in the Army and Army Reserve from 1960-1968 advancing to the rank of Sargent. He had a career in accounting and bank auditing in MI but the lure of California and travel adventures to come brought him to the Bay Area in 1972. He enjoyed the sunny weather and never missed the snow he had left behind.
Jake had a wonderful life and was well loved by so many friends and family. In 1981 he met the love of his life and best friend, Jeanne. They were married on Maui in 1987. For their 10th anniversary Jake arranged a surprise renewal of their vows in Wailuku on Jeanne's birthday. They would renew their vows twice more during cruises on Valentine's Day. Jake and Jeanne lived together in San Jose for 33 years attending concerts, plays, sporting events, enjoying friends and planning those vacations!
Jake was an avid sports fan. If there was a sport – he knew the stats. He was the biggest 49er fan and truly loved going to all those games throughout the careers of Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice. The 5 Superbowl wins were joyous occasions for him, just like the World Series wins for the SF Giants. He loved the A's as well, and wanted them to move to San Jose. Growing up in Detroit he became and remained a big Michigan football fan and a Detroit Redwings fan, but once the Sharks arrived in SJ his allegiance was completely transferred to the home town team. He loved watching 'the nephews' Sam, Gabe & Tucker play football, baseball and basketball, rarely missing a game. Golf (he loved Tiger Woods) and bowling were other passions and he played until health issues took him away from those pursuits. He also loved races – cars (Kyle Busch!), motorcycles, bikes, boats…he had a great time attending the America's Cup Races in SF (after watching for years and visiting the boats in Auckland) and never missed the Tour de France on TV… You name it – he loved the sport!
Jake and Jeanne's mutual passion for travel and music lead them all over the world. Their trips to tropical, exotic and fun places were somewhat legendary amongst their friends and extended family. Jake's favorite places were Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. Jake and Jeanne were lucky to travel to Australia for three extended trips (always including New Zealand) and countless times to the Islands. His easy going spirit is spread throughout the wonderful places he touched - Tahoe, Fiji, Tahiti, Isle of Man, South America, British Isles, Venice, Alaska, the Mediterranean countries, Panama Canal and so many more places that they traveled to - too many trips and places to recount.
Jake is survived by his beloved wife Jeanne of San Jose; his brother Ken (Carol) of Plymouth, MI; son John Brooks (Sharon) of Peyton, CO; nephew Len Jacobs (Mary) of Detroit, MI; nephew Scott Jacobs (Beth) of Cape Coral, FL; all of Jeanne's family and the countless friends spread around the country and of course the cats! He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Ruth Kenny and beloved Aunt Mary Smith.
His legacy will live on through cornea donations from those beautiful and twinkling blue eyes, restoring the sight to two individuals somewhere. He will continue to see the world!
A private family memorial has been held (where we hoisted coffee and Kahlua to our Jake). Friends and extended family will be invited to the "Jake Fest" to be held this summer. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks you to spread kindness, warmth and joy – just like he always did. Aloha my dearest love!
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 22, 2014