Joseph "Joey" Jakubowski
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October 3, 1947 - August 18, 2013
Joseph "Joey" Jakubowski passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at home with family by his side. Joey was born October 3, 1947 to Joseph and Olga Jakubowski in Hammond, Indiana. He grew up on the Southside of Chicago, was a die-hard Bears fan and never gave up hope the Cubs would win the World Series. He graduated from Mendel High School in 1965 and headed west to attend the College of Idaho.
He attended the C of I from 1965 to 1970 earning a BA in Education and a BA in Business Administration. Joey played football and received All Conference and All American awards and also still holds the record for the Javelin throw at the C of I. The friendships and experiences of college were something he always talked about and life-long friends were very important to him. His college coaches inspired him to coach and he always held them in the highest regard as mentors and continued to seek their advice throughout his life.
Joey attended Penn State University from 1970-73 as a Grad Assistant where he earned a Masters of Education in Sports Psychology. He added another Masters of Education in Health from Idaho State University in 1986.
He started his teaching and coaching career in 1970 at Meridian where he taught Physical Education and coached football. After earning his masters degree at Penn State the pull of the west brought him back to Idaho where he coached football and track at Filer High School. He started as an assistant coach and the second year of coaching took the head coaching position where he won the conference championships without any assistant coaches. He came back to Caldwell in 1978 where he taught Physical Education and then Health for 30 years. Coaching was in his blood and he continued to coach for 8 years following his retirement and always talked about wanting to get back into coaching. During the 38 plus years of coaching; he coached baseball, basketball, track, wrestling but his heart was with football and the throwers in track. He loved the interaction with the athletes and students and always said "I always got so much more from the players than they ever got from me." He served as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback coach for over 25 years and treasured the times that former players would stop by and see him or give him a call. He earned many coaching awards over the years but his proudest moment of coaching was when he received the Charlie Alvaro Award and wore his ring with pride. Coaching played a huge role in Joey's life from the friendships with coaches and players, but he always said every player had something to offer and the joy of coaching was unlocking that talent.
He served on the Third District Coaches Executive Board for over ten years as a Classification Rep and Social Director and received a lifetime membership. He coached for many years in the All Star games and made several trips to Australia coaching at the Down Under Bowl. After retiring he continued to help at the State Track meet and State Basketball tournaments.
Joey enjoyed playing rugby with the Snake River Snakes, and countless teammates became lifelong friends.
Joey was someone who enjoyed public speaking and counted being named as the Key Note Speaker for the Class of 2004 as one of his greatest honors.
Joey always felt that his greatest accomplishment were his children and their achievements. Every time his children had a game his words were "Be the Winner" which meant that regardless of the outcome it is how you handle yourself that is most important.
Joey was a wonderful husband, father, uncle, coach, teacher and friend to many and will be greatly missed. Joey is survived by his wife of 31 years, Laurie and his children, Steven Jakubowski, Sherwood OR, Ali Jakubowski, Portland, OR, Andi Jakubowski and Mike Jakubowski of Caldwell, ID. The true delights of his life were his grandchildren (Joshua, Olivia, Hannah and Sophia Jakubowski), Sherwood, OR; his sister Joanne Kulas, Chicago, IL, brother Johnny and Lorene Jakubowski, Chicago, IL and numerous nieces and nephews that he enjoyed teasing.
Joey was excited about the reintroduction of football at the C of I and if he had any regrets, it was that he wouldn't be here for the first game, but we know he'll be there in spirit. In lieu of flowers Joey requested that a donation in his name be made to the C of I Football Scholarship program.
Our family would like to thank all the friends, family, and coaches who visited and helped him to see how loved he was. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Caldwell High School. His request is that it be a "no tie" celebration.
Memories and condolences may be shared with Joey's family in his online tribute page at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 21, 2013