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Photo David Kimo Ipo Jacobs At the tender age of 32, left this world on December 27, 2008, after a two year courageous struggle with clear cell sarcoma. Born on November 29, 1976, Kimo grew up in Fremont where he attended Irvington High. Kimo was a brilliant illustrator and created works of art throughout his life. A gifted athlete, he played football, soccer, and was on the wrestling team. After high school, he continued to cultivate his love for his native Hawaiian heritage and began dancing at Na Mele Hula Ohana. He attended competitions both on the mainland and Hawaii, culminating in his participation at the 1997 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, HI. While at Na Mele, Kimo met the person who would become his best friend & wife, Marcy. They married in 1998 at sunset in Kihei, Maui and lived in San Francisco. He began working as an appraiser and became an assistant manager at Hertz Equipment Rental in South City. While working, he attended SFSU where he earned his 3D animation certificate. In 2005, Kimo decided to pursue his other passion, automotive/ diesel technology, and moved to Phoenix to attend UTI. Continuing with his love for athletics, he became the tighthead prop for the Phoenix Rugby team. Three weeks prior to graduation, Kimo was diagnosed with cancer and faced the unwelcome prospect of a below knee amputation. Undaunted by this devastating news, Kimo forged ahead to complete his degree while beginning a 2 year struggle with clear cell sarcoma. Kimo relocated back to San Francisco to be near his ohana, who supported him throughout his fight. Before cancer took his mobility, Kimo loved playing rugby, working on muscle cars, following the All Blacks and the Raiders, body boarding and food appreciation. A big supporter of Hawaiiana, he attended many local events and instilled a quiet pride of his culture in those around him. Kimo is survived by his wife Marcy and their dog, Maluhia; his father Charles Kamuela Jacobs; his mother Paulette Ka'ala (Bill) Roberson, his sister Chasity Sisco (Joseph) Martinez and their children, Jack, Ki'ilani, & Shayla; and his brothers Mario Kamuela; Marcus (Reyna); and Jason (Summer). He will be missed by many ohana, both in CA and HI. A celebration of Kimo's life will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at the Lifemark Center at Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402. Viewing begins at 9:00 a.m. with services starting at 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire requested. In keeping with Kimo's generous nature, the family requests a donation to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2009
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