Dr. Jacob passed away on the afternoon of December 19, 2012 in his home at the age of 88 from complications of multiple strokes. He was attended by his wife Jo Ann and his grandson Joshua. A Catholic funeral mass was held for Dr. Jacob at the Coronado Sacred Heart Catholic Church on December 21, 2012. He was buried at the Palm Springs Cemetery District, Desert Memorial Park on that same day. He was eulogized by long-time family friend Monsignor Michael Gallagher, a friend of the family since 1966, and the mass was officiated by Reverend Michael Murphy, Monsignor Donal Sheehan, and Deacon Robert Griffin. A memorial dinner was held that same afternoon at The Springs Club for immediate family. He was a compassionate, loyal man full of integrity and of great intelligence and joy. He loved God, his family and his chosen profession of orthodontics. He loved walking his three dogs, Sasha, Luvee and Diva (who survives him). Born in Detroit Michigan, he served in the Army Air Corps for two and a half years during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1949 from the University of Detroit and graduated from University of Detroit Dental School in 1953. He practiced general dentistry in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and married his wife Jo Ann fifty eight years ago on October 30, 1955. In 1957 he sold his general practice and was one of 7 students out of 243 applicants admitted to the University of Michigan Orthodontics Masters program. He was elected president of his class and in 1960 he received his Masters of Science degree in Orthodontics. He, his wife and their three small children moved to Palm Springs in 1960. Their fourth child Peter was born in Palm Springs in 1963. Dr. Jacob was the first orthodontist with formal training in the Inland Empire. Dr. Jacob was joined by his father-in-law, Gemiel Jacobs DDS in 1969 until Gemiel retired in 1978. Along the way he was joined by Clyde Craine DDS MS, and Jeffrey Schantz DDS, MS who both also became partners in his orthodontic practice which is currently known as Schantz and Moranda Orthodontic Care. His profession gave him joy and happiness. At the end of his career in 1989 Dr. Jacob had completed over 10,000 orthodontic cases. He was a man of modesty, patience, kindness and peace. His family and his profession were among his greatest passions and golf was his avocation. In fact he was the first to achieve a hole-in-one at Morning-Side Country Club and had his second hole-in-one at The Springs Club. In 1974 the family found the Coronado Shores as a summer escape and in 1984 they purchased a historical home in Coronado. He was a member of The Springs Club from 1978 to 2004 where he and his wife owned a home during that time. He was also a member of Del Mar Country Club and San Diego Country Club. While Dr. Jacob was proud of all of his children's achievements, he was particularly proud of his grandson Joshua who graduated from USD Law School in 2011. Joshua has lived with his grandparents for the past 10 years and is currently building a law and real estate practice in Coronado. He was a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists, the American Institute of Oral Biology and served on the Sharp Coronado Hospital Foundation Board for fifteen years. Additionally Dr. Jacob was president of the Tri-County Dental Society in 1971. He was also involved in the Knights of Columbs, Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and his local parish where he served as an usher. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann, his children Sara Faulkner (Richard Faulkner), Janie Guzak (Terry Guzak D.D.S.), John Edward (Janet) and Peter Gemiel Jacob (Lucia), his grandchildren, Joshua Jacob, Eric Faulkner, Sarah Guzak, and by his brother George Louis Jacob (Nancy) of Scottsdale Arizona and his nephew Aaron (Jeanine) and his great nephews Christian and Tanner and his Godson and nephew James Gemiel Jacobs (Jill) and their children Jackie and Jimmy of Mission Viejo and several nieces and nephews in Michigan and Florida. In lieu of flowers please donate to either/or, or to the
, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105. 1-800-822-6344. Fax: 901-578-2805. Sharp Coronado Hospital Foundation, 619-522-3703. Please consider making any donations to the Sharp Coronado Hospital foundation in the name of Dr. Peter Kelly who was a wonderful friend and practitioner of compassionate medicine during Dr. Jacob's final days.
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Published in The Desert Sun from Jan. 9 to Jan. 20, 2013