Fred W. Jacobs Jr.

Jacobs Jr., Fred W. SAN DIEGO -- Fred W. Jacobs Jr. passed away in La Mesa, CA at the age of 84. He was born in Lebanon, PA in 1929, where his father, Fred W. Jacobs, Sr., worked in the local Five and Dime. He and his family later returned to Humboldt, Tennessee, the home town of his mother, Lois Jarrell Jacobs. As a youth, Fred often spent summers working for the family company, the B.C. Jarrell Box Factory. Fred attended Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for both his undergraduate and Law degrees. After law school, he joined the U.S. Navy serving as a Judge Advocate General in Japan. Fred married Patricia Hutton in Japan in 1956 and shortly after arrived in San Diego to work for the law firm that became Glenn, Wright, Jacobs and Schell. Fred was a member of the San Diego County Bar Association. As such, he represented some of the largest Savings and Loans in the country as well as served his community and church in countless pro- bono efforts for individuals in need. His knowledge of law, his un-wavering ethical standards, and his determination to do right by the law, his clients and partners earned him a reputation as a "Lawyer's - Lawyer." Fred was a valued member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego for 55 years. When not serving as a church Elder or Deacon, he held leadership positions such as searching for new clergy or serving as a member of the Board of the Westminster Manor. He could often be seen smiling at church gatherings, Wednesday morning bible studies, or jointly running the young married class (with wife Patricia) affectionately called "Jacobs Ladder." As his many friends and family know, Fred rejoiced in using creative means to make friends smile. His humor, intelligence and creativity along with his leadership skills are just a few factors that made him a pillar of the community and a valued friend. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Patricia Hutton Jacobs; children, Fred and his wife Pamela, and Libby and her husband Dave; twin sister, Martha Jane and her husband Joe; and grandchildren, Jessica, Riley and Kelsey. Friends of Fred are invited to attend the memorial service to be held at 1pm on Friday, the 13th of September at the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, 320 Date Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the church.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, 2013