1918 ~ 2012
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Salt Lake City, UT -John "Jack" Jacobsen passed away on Christmas Day in Salt Lake City. John was born on February 10, 1918 in Rushville, Nebraska to George and Grace Mauk Jacobsen. He married Sally Scarborough in 1938. During his residence in Wyoming he managed the auto parts stores in Rawlins, Worland and Lander. He was also co-owner and manager for nine years of a Ford dealership, service station and garage in Dubois, Wyoming. While in Lander, John operated a flight service, taking passengers in his Beech Bonanza to destinations not available by commercial airlines. An angel on his shoulder guided him through the worst of weather conditions; he always made it there and back without harm to himself or his passengers. In 1959 John moved his family to Salt Lake City where he worked in sales and ultimately became sales manager for Hafer's Inc.
The Jacobsens moved to St. George in 1974 where John established Steam Store of Southern Utah, selling Hotsy High pressure industrial washers throughout southern Utah and part of Nevada and Arizona until his retirement in 1984 John enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of World War 11. He was active in the American Legion, Lions Club and the Elks Club. He and Sally enjoyed being members of the southern Utah Good Sam Club. Those who knew John will miss his malapropisms such as: "It was a pathetical situation", "Others stood in line at the Salivation Army instead of working", and he bragged that his jacket "broke wind" better than any he'd ever had. Or if things got tough, he was "up a tree without a paddle."
He is survived by his three children: Karen Cox of Garden Grove, California, Sandra Williams of Salt Lake City, and John Michael Jacobsen of Boise, Idaho. He has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally; his brother, Ross; and grandson, Ben Arritola.
The family would like to thank Highland Cove Assisted Living where John lived for a year and a half and Hospice Nurse Barbara Walters. An informal gathering to celebrate John's life will be held at the Williams' home at 675 E 4129 S in Salt Lake City on Monday January 31st at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab or Salt Lake City Humane Society. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on December 29, 2012