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Peter Roy Jacobsen


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Peter Roy Jacobsen Obituary


Peter Roy Jacobsen (Uncle Pete) 67, of Sacramento, CA passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, CA, after a brief illness. He was born October 15, 1948 in Marysville, CA to Margaret and Iner Jacobsen. They both preceded him in death.

Pete grew up in the Tudor area of Yuba City where he attended first through eighth grades at Central Gaither Elementary School and graduated from Yuba City High School in 1967. After graduation, Pete moved to Sacramento with his sister and brother-in-law and began working for the State of California - EDD. He retired from EDD after thirty-five plus years of service. He enjoyed his fellow state workers and made many lifelong friends during his years there.

Pete was a very kind and honest man who was hard working and extremely loyal to his family and friends. He never asked for anything but gave to everyone unconditionally. Even during the last month of his life he remained concerned about the welfare of his family as well as his neighbors, friends and coworkers.

He had an impressive collection of panda bear items and Chinese art. He had a panda Christmas tree in his home every year. Pete had a great gift for decorating and his home was always a pleasure to see every holiday.

A few years ago he started collecting snowman cookie jars and that collection has grown to over 250. He beautifully displayed all of his cookie jars every Christmas season.

Pete took great pleasure in cooking and trying new recipes. He generously shared his delicious food with everyone. For years he cooked spaghetti on Halloween at his sister's house. His brothers and their families would come and all the cousins would trick-or-treat together. Many friends would stop by to have Pete's terrific spaghetti. It didn't matter how many people showed up, he never seemed to run out of food. The past few years, that Halloween tradition has continued in the home of his nephew and family. A week before he died, Pete gave his spaghetti recipe to his niece, Jordan.

Uncle Pete, as he was known by almost everyone, had a very special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews and their friends. He enjoyed a Florida trip with them visiting both Disney World and Busch Gardens. On the car trip home he was able to see some of the places that he had read about in books. One of his longest trips both in miles and time spent was to the Philippine Islands. He was surprised and saddened by the children he saw begging in the streets. He had one memorable trip with his nieces to the Shakespeare Theater in Ashland, Oregon where they experienced a downpour of rain during the performance. Their blankets and jackets were soaked and they were freezing cold but the show went on.

Pete wasn't a gambler but he loved going to Las Vegas. He would get up early to walk the strip just to take in the shops and people. Then he would find a quiet spot to sit and read a book.

He had an annual pass to Disneyland/California Adventure for many years and made the most of every day he was there. At Disneyland, California Adventure and Six Flags he enjoyed riding the roller coasters over and over with his nephews, nieces and friends.

Pete had an excellent memory and could remember old family stories and details of things that happened from years past. He never boasted or even spoke about this gift but he was amazing at answering trivia questions. He had a vast knowledge of old movies, art, travel, sports and music. He had copies of paintings by Van Gogh and Monet in his home. Pete was happiest when he was reading a good book and listening to one of his CD's.

He was the ultimate Diana Ross fan. He attended at least fifty of her concerts through the years, starting with a concert of the original Supremes at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, a gift for his seventeenth birthday. He had every Diana Ross album and CD he could find and has always had a Diana Ross room in his home with many beautiful framed pictures of her. Earlier this year he waited several hours in line at Thunder Valley Casino to get front row tickets to her show in July. He had planned to take his great nieces to see her in person. They will honor his memory by attending the concert, though it will be difficult without him in the front row with them.

He is already deeply missed by the four people he saw almost daily who enjoyed facetiming and "bugging" their Uncle Pete: Josie and Jordan Tarrell and Matthew and Mary Daugherty. He listened to their many jokes, hemmed and repaired their clothes, mended their stuffed animals, taught them how to cook some of their favorite foods, drove them to school and picked them up when needed, held movie nights and sleepovers at his house, traveled to Disneyland with them, took them to McDonalds or anyplace else they wanted to go. He took great pride in their accomplishments. When everyone else was "too busy" for them their Uncle Pete never was.

Peter is survived by his three older siblings whom he loved deeply and constantly worried about: his sister, Diana Gardenhire-Tarrell (Jim) of Sacramento, CA; two brothers, Dudley Gardenhire (Veronica) of Olivehurst; and Donald Jacobsen of Live Oak; nieces and nephews, Margie Tarrell-Daugher- ty (Michael); Doug Gardenhire; Donnie Jacobsen (Karisa); Sheri Gardenhire-Barnes (Greg); Jimmy Tarrell (Stephanie); Jason Jacobsen (Carrie); Sara Gardenhire-Prado (Leo); 17 great-nieces and nephews and a great, great- niece and nephew. He also leaves behind many dear cousins and one aunt, Mary Brown in Tennessee.

At Peter's request there will be no services. Instead of flowers or memorials he asked that his time on earth be honored by doing something with your family or friends to show your love. Pete has been cremated and will be buried with his mother and father at Sutter Cemetery in Sutter, CA. A private burial will be arranged at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Twin Cities & Crematory, (530) 673-4360.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on June 1, 2016
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