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Jacobs, Martin Vanderhoof CARLSBAD -- Martin Vanderhoof Jacobs passed away on July 18, 2013 at the age of 93, in Encinitas, Calif. Known to his friends and family as "Marty" and "Jake," he is survived by his wife of 70 years, Loretta; his daughters, Marc and Candy; his sons-in-law, Steve Lightner and Tom Shepard; grandchildren, Willow and Paul Miller and Mindy Garcia; and his great-grandchild, Joshua Miller. Marty was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, California. He was a member of the Sierra Club and founding member of the Oakland Ski Club at Sugar Bowl, where he met his wife Loretta, the beginning of a life-long love for the mountains and for his wife. Marty and Loretta were married in 1942, and together they pioneered alpine skiing in the Sierra with their lifelong friends who shared their love of the Sierra. In 1942, Marty joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, was trained as a pilot and stationed in Arizona where he trained U.S. and allied pilots, and where in 1944 their first daughter, Marc, was born. Returning to the San Francisco Bay Area at the conclusion of the War, Marty was hired by Standard Oil of California, and he and Loretta settled in the East Bay community of Pleasant Hill. In 1948, their second daughter, Candy was born. Marty advanced rapidly within the Human Resources Department of Standard Oil, managing the company's challenging personnel issues in Latin America, to which he frequently traveled, and eventually became Manager of Staff Services with Chevron Latin America. In 1953, Marty and Loretta purchased a lot atop a hill in Orinda, Calif., and with the help of architect Bob Klemmedson, built their dream home surrounded by oak trees and views of Mount Diablo. Their home was the site of many wonderful gatherings of friends, and launching pad for adventures that ranged from diving expeditions along the north coast to camping and bike treks in the Southern California desert. Drawn back to a very special location in the Sierra where he and Loretta had skied in the 1940s, they purchased a turn-of-the-century cabin at Echo Lake in 1967, and set out to modernize it with the help of Echo Lake neighbor and family friend Raffi Bedayn. That cabin continues to be a very important family gathering place for the entire Jacob's clan. In 2003, health issues forced Marty and Loretta to leave their family home and move to La Costa Glen in Carlsbad, a loss somewhat mitigated by the proximity of their two daughters in Encinitas and Solana Beach, and the chance to spend more time with their extended families. Marty's positive attitude, gregarious personality, dedication to his family, love for adventure and his physical grace have enriched the lives of his family, friends in the Bay Area and La Costa Glen, and everywhere else where he touched the people he loved. A memorial service will be scheduled this fall in Orinda, Calif.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 4, 2013
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