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Bart M. Jacob

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WHITSETT, Texas -- Bart M. Jacob, 75, of Pawlet, Vt., and Whitsett, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at his residence in Texas. He was born in New York City on Oct. 29, 1930, the son of Lawrence Jacob II and Bertha Norton. He received his elementary education in Katonah, N.Y., and graduated high school from St. Mark’s in Southborough, Mass., class of 1949. He attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 1954 and received a commission in the United States Air Force, serving as a photo reconnaissance officer. After his discharge as a first lieutenant, he returned to Vermont and settled in Dover with his wife, Stephanie.

Bart was most recently the president and CEO of the L.J. Corp. In early years, Bart was involved in real estate development and building at Mount Snow and later in Bondville, Vt., and was awarded many patents for unique housing construction techniques. Bart owned and operated a hunting and fishing camp in New Brunswick, Canada, for many years, to which he commuted in his single engine plane. An avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing and hunting, he established a game call company, Old Jake Products, and once again was awarded patents for his unique designs. He also authored the book “The Grand Spring Hunt” and was widely recognized for his achievements in the sport of turkey hunting. He was instrumental in starting the National Wild Turkey Federation and was a life member and president of the Vermont chapter. Bart was also a life member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. In recent years, Bart spent his summers in Pawlet and winters in Whitsett.

He is survived by his son, Lawrence Jacob III and his wife Jennifer of Pawlet; two grandchildren, William Kearley Jacob and Jonathan Mills Jacob; his sister, Nancy Winslow, of Essex, Mass.; and his former wife, Stephanie (Kearley) Jacob.

A celebration of Bart’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center, Vt. There are no visiting hours. Memorial contributions in Bart’s memory may be made to the Vermont State Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, Merck Forest Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 10, 2006
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