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Maxwell A. Jacobs, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Manor Care Health Services in Lynnwood, WA.
Maxwell A. Jacobs, WWll Vet
Aug. 3, 1924 Apr. 2, 2012
Maxwell A. Jacobs was born in South Dakota, August 3, 1924. The youngest of seven, Maxwell lived with his family in the small town of Yankton, SD.
At the age of 3, the family relocated to Spokane, WA. He graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory where he began to develop a love for music, especially big band jazz. He learned to play the trumpet and was in the marching band. Gonzaga always remained near and dear to his heart and some of his fondest memories were of his time there. On one such occasion, he had the opportunity to shake the hand of Bing Crosby also a graduate of Gonzaga, who was a special guest at an assembly at the school. This was a high point for Maxwell who recounted this and many other stories from his days at Gonzaga.
Upon graduation, Maxwell joined the U.S. Army. It was the height of WWll and he was sent to fight in the South Pacific where he earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.
After returning home, he settled in Seattle, WA and worked in a filling station just in front of St. Cabrini Hospital. He soon met and married his first wife, Marilyn "Sam" Bastian who was training to become a nurse at Cabrini. They had three children together, Dan, David and Debbie.
After a time, Maxwell decided to go back to school to become a teacher. He graduated from Eastern Washington University and later began his teaching career working for the Edmonds School District. He was a dedicated teacher who taught Math and English. He retired from teaching after many years in the Northshore School District.
Along with a passion for music, Maxwell enjoyed cooking and sports. The Seahawks became his favorite team and no matter how his team was doing he supported them fully. He was also an avid tennis player. He and his second wife, Linda were a force to be reckoned with on the court. They played in amateur doubles tournaments in the Seattle area for several years. They loved to play tennis and they loved Hawaii, so the perfect setting for their wedding was on the island of Maui on a tennis court in Wailea.
Maxwell and Linda continued to live in the Seattle area after retirement where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Maxwell will be greatly missed by those he loved.
He leaves behind his loving wife Linda; son, Daniel Czaran; daughter, Debbie Thompson; stepsons, Shan Candelario and Shilo Candelario; grandchildren, Rachel, Alana and Tyler.
He is preceded in death by his son, David Jacobs.
A scattering of his ashes off of Maui, Hawaii is being planned for July 12, 2012.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2012