Jay Jacobs, 1011/2, passed away peacefully at his home with his immediate family by his side at 2:00 a.m. on February 15, 2013.
Jay Jacobs came from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Seattle as a young boy. He attended the University of Washington where her majored in business and was a Husky Football player.
He was an entrepreneur and founded a women's clothing company called Jay Jacobs. He was an innovator in the fashion industry having been one of the first merchants in the country to identify the junior apparel customer in the early fifties and later the young men's fashion customer in the early seventies. Jay Jacobs at one point in his career operated nearly 300 Jay Jacobs fashion stores from coast to coast.
He was a man of passion and enthusiasm and was an accomplished handball player and a lifetime member of the Washington Athletic Club. Later in life, he became an avid golfer.
Jay was also a lifelong supporter of many charities. He was also into health and fitness before it was fashionable and credited his long life to a positive attitude, daily exercise, and always looking forward, never back.
Mr. Jacobs was predeceased by his first wife Rose of 38 years, and his second wife Marjorie of 31 years as well as his eldest daughter Judy, and his older brother Irwin. He is survived by his sister Mim McClennan of Phoenix, AZ, his brother Alann Jacobs (Paula), daughter Shelley Swerland (Doug), grandchildren Scott Swerland, Shauna Swerland Youssefnia (David), Jennifer Jeffries (Steve) of Atherton, CA, Jason Friedt, Jessica Kraitzick (David) of Atlanta, GA, stepdaughter Jan Shulman of Austin, TX and her extended family, as well as eleven great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caretakers that helped make his life so comfortable headed by Earl Tutol, Florence Kagonyera, and Sarah Khan.
A memorial service honoring Jay Jacobs and celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, February 17th, at 12 noon at The Four Seasons, 99 Union Street.
Remembrances in his name can be made to the Stroum Jewish Community Center: 206-232-7115, The
: 1-800-227-2345 or
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2013