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Arch Kenneth
Jacobson,
86, beloved husband, father and grandfather, left this earth for his Heavenly home with Jesus Christ his Savior on July 3, 2014. He resided in Comfort, Texas. Born February 1, 1928 in Doole, Texas, Arch is preceded in death by his parents Arch and Matilda Skinner Jacobson.
Arch first laid eyes on the love of his life his senior year at Melvin High School when he asked a friend, "Who is that pretty girl?", and was warned that her father was a bit of a tough cookie. Undeterred, he courted and married that girl, Juanita Middleton Jacobson, on June 8, 1949, and called her "my pretty girl" up through their 65th wedding anniversary just weeks ago. Along with Juanita, Arch is survived by son Dale Jacobson and his wife Lisa and children Amanda and Logan; son Keith Jacobson and his wife Cyndi and children Justin, Brittney, Melody, Evangeline, Luke, Victoria and Christian ; daughter Jan Cazalot and her husband Ron and their daughters Courtney Diehl and her husband Eric and Kristin Galbraith and her husband Travis. Arch also leaves his brother Harold G Jacobson and sister Frances Marshall. He will also be missed by his beloved friend and caretaker, Freddy Castellano and his wife Susie.
Arch graduated from Melvin High School and is a member of The Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 1949. He served his country as a Captain in the US Air Force, becoming one of the earliest jet pilots when he commanded a squadron of F-86 Sabre Jets that flew in Strategic Air Command over Northern Africa, based in Casablanca, Morocco, during the Korean Conflict. He joined the corporate world and enjoyed his time in commercial real estate investment for over 35 years, spearheading the development of projects too numerous to count. Notable properties are The Embarcadero Center in San Francisco and the Bank of America Plaza in Dallas, where Arch switched on the iconic green lights at the building dedication. He spent many years at The Prudential Insurance Company of America before becoming President of Union Pacific Realty Company and then starting Jacobson Berger Capital Group. Arch served on several corporate boards, including Union Pacific Railroad Corporation, Wyndham Hotels Corporation and Patriot American Corporation. Arch and Nita lived 28 places in their years of military and corporate life, and Arch was as much a man of service as a man of business. He acted as Chairman of the Deacons in four different Southern Baptist Churches, taught Sunday school and Training Union, led Boy Scout Troops, coached many a baseball team for Dale and Keith and even a softball team for Jan. He served on the Board of Directors of The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and spearheaded UMHB's entrance into NCAA football. Arch was a member of the Texas A&M Century Club, the Mach Busters Club for his repeated achievement in exceeding the speed of sound, the F-86 Sabre Pilots Association and the US Military Fliers.
Arch loved Jesus Christ and leaves a large spiritual legacy. After his beloved Nita and his family, he also loved his land in the Texas Hill Country, anything related to Sabre Jets, his Texas Aggies, his Swedish heritage, the spiciest food you could put on a fork, a great chicken fried steak, music from country to classical and learning anything and everything. He will be memorialized on Monday, July 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the Comfort Baptist Church located at 104 Amber Drive in Comfort, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Arch's honor to Comfort Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com
Arrangements are by the Schaetter Funeral Home of Comfort.

Published in Houston Chronicle on July 6, 2014
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