Gary Lou Jacobs
April 1, 2013
Gary Lou Jacobs, 72, of Aztec, passed from this life on Monday, April 1, 2013. His wife, Jaqui, was by his side.
He was born in Oshkosh, Neb. He graduated Adams City High, near Denver, Colo. in 1958 and immediately began racing Hot Rods, then becoming President of the Colorado branch of the National Hot Rod Association. Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and traditional Folk Music permeated his life.
A highly patriotic American, Gary joined the Marine Corps Reserves and following his service began a career with Continental Airlines spanning nearly four decades. He experienced numerous changes in the airline industry and his career path took him from Cargo, to Director of Passenger Service (DPS) and back into Cargo management. He was Director of Cargo Operations in Newark, N.J. when he retired in 1997. He traveled over a million miles and saw much of the world.
Gary married, Jaqui, his high school sweetheart in August of 1993. Once retired, the couple settled in Aztec. Gary's love of the Southwest and its culture lead to his passion for Flint Knapping, (the art of making knives, arrowheads, etc.) which he studied and perfected creating many beautiful pieces that sold through Art Galleries and gift shops. Additionally, he received numerous awards for his artwork.
Gary was a member of the New Mexico Site Steward Program and the local Archaeological Society.
Though retired Gary and his wife worked eight years for Termar Trends Gallery in Durango, enjoying the artwork and the people they met.
Gary was well known for his sense of humor and deep connection to nature. He was never happier than when visited by family and friends. He leaves a lingering glow in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Gary is preceded in death by his loving parents, Louis and Arlene Jacobs.
He is survived by his beloved daughters, Cheryl Hansford and Camille Jacobs; granddaughters, Brittany and Michelle Hansford and was looking forward to the birth of his first grandson due this June, all of Orlando, Fla. Also by his dear sister, Sharon Jacobs of Denver, Colo. and his step-children, Stacia Yeager and husband, Hal of Indianapolis, Ind., and Ross Heiney of Boston, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Aztec Animal Shelter.
Gary's life will be celebrated by an open house memorial in his home on Saturday, April 20. Formalities and blessings will be accepted from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. followed by gathering and sharing until 7 p.m.
On Thursday, May 9, (Gary's Birthday) a final farewell picnic will be held in La Plata Canyon. Please, contact the family for details.