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Derek Brandon Jacobs

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Family-Placed Funeral Notice

DEREK BRANDON JACOBS Our bright shining star blessed every day of our lives. The beloved son of Leslie and Jeffrey, grandson of Arlene and Martin Jacobs and Norman and Phyllis Rosen. He was an exceptional individual loved by so many including his aunts, uncles, cousins, family, friends, his fellow students and teachers at Florida International University and all those who knew him. He was gifted in his knowledge of computer science, mathematics, and the basic sciences. He persevered to reach every goal he set, and he lived his life full of enthusiasm. At the age of 12 he became the youngest known Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in the world. This achievement set the bar for Derek and he continued to strive for and be satisfied with no less than excellence. He received worldwide media attention as the youngest and first civilian in the world (age 14) to receive a medical microchip with the potential to save millions of lives. At age 18 he was completing his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and interviewing at medical schools to begin in 2007. His goal was to become a Neurosurgeon and create innovations in medical technology. In lieu of flowers, we know Derek would want donations to be made either to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, or to the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. He shared his love generously and was much loved in return. Services will be held at The Gardens - A Memorial Park, at 4103 N. Military Trail (just South of Yamato Road; 561-989-9190), Wednesday, October 4 at 2 pm. Arrangements entrusted to: Sinai Memorial Chapels, Delray Beach561-865-1747 To express condolences and/or make donations Visit
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Oct. 3, 2006
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