JOHN JACOBS Jr.
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JACOBS, Jr., John E.

Age 63, of Huber Heights, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021, at his residence. John worked in the Parks & Recreation Dept. at City of Dayton for 15 years and was the Marketing Director for Five Rivers Metro Parks for 15 years. He was a member of Grace Community Church, where he served as a worship leader. John is survived by his loving wife, Pamela L., sons & daughter-in-law, Bryan & Deanne Jacobs of FL, Michael Jacobs of Beavercreek and Nicholas Jacobs of Dayton; grandson, Sebastian; sisters, Ava Laws of TN, Dixie Archer of Kettering; and many other relatives & friends. A private funeral service will be held at Grace Community Church with Pastor Bob Foote officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. At a later date, after the current health crisis lessens, a larger memorial service will be scheduled at which extended family, loved ones, and friends may come and pay their respects and celebrate John's life. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International or Samaritans Purse.

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Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
My wife Ann and I had the pleasure of working with John at Five Rivers MetroParks. I used to kid him about the photos he had of his children which i had mistaken as current but then learned they were from years earlier when they were young. Later, I did the same thing with my children's photos in the office. I had lots of questions for John about his hot tub and how to take care of it when i was considering getting one. John had good advice. I loved hearing about his family trips to Hawaii. I remember visiting John in the FRMP Main Office on Siebenthaler Ave. John, Bernadette Harawa and Kevin Kepler shared the space and they often joined in the conversation. John had to get our MetroParkways published and round up all the articles from folks who often changed items at the last second or procrastinated. John was patient. After he retired from FRMP, John went on some birding hikes with Lynn Modic, Sue Smith and my wife Ann. I think i joined one or two of them. I remember John's smile and conversations about music and recording it. John had a presence of happiness and kindness. His big heart will be missed. I hope you all have a chance to be in beautiful natural places to remember him and celebrate his life.
Douglas Horvat
Coworker
January 14, 2021
Hello Pam and family,
Carmen and I were so sorry to hear about John's passing, he was a wonderful person, a great neighbor and a bright light in the lives everyone who knew him.
Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that you are in our prayers.
Pete and Carmen O'Brien
Pete O'Brien
Neighbor
January 13, 2021
PJJ, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Know that you are loved beyond measure.
Audrey Miller
Friend
January 11, 2021
John will be missed. Always quick with a smile and a kind word. My condolences to his family.
Nathan Cox
Friend
January 11, 2021
Dear Pam, Bryan, Michael and Nick, We are so very sorry that for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. John always had a smile on his face, a song in his heart, a kind word on his lips - he was so full of life! We will cherish our beach memories of him and all of you.
Sharon, Joe, Blake and Sean Loftus
Friend
January 11, 2021
John was a genuinely kind, caring and compassionate individual. Shared a number of good times at MetroParks and appreciate everything he did in service to his community. He is missed. Our condolences to Pam and rest of his family.
Charlie Shoemaker
Friend
January 11, 2021
John was fun to work with; he worked hard to make sure the community knew when the nature walks would be, among many of his other responsibilities, and because of him, we were one of the first park districts to have a web page at the beginning of the 'internet'! I will miss his kind smile, and his enthusiasm for his work.
Joshua York
Coworker
January 11, 2021
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Douglas Scholz
January 11, 2021
Oh how heartbreaking. John was so dear. He always made me laugh and was always ready to see how he could help. He was so kind hearted. I can't say enough good about him. He will be missed I'm sure. Prayers for the family for comfort at this time.
Kelly Kingery
Coworker
January 10, 2021
My heart breaks for you all. He was an inspiration. A genuine Christian man whom will be missed
Amy
Friend
January 10, 2021
Dear Pam: So very sorry to hear of John's passing. John was a great guy and I will always remember many great times with both of you.
Michael Burris
Friend
January 10, 2021
Enjoyed working with John, he always had a smile on his face. Keeping his family in my prayers.
Robert Makley
Coworker
January 10, 2021
I remember John very well from working with him at Five Rivers MetroParks. Always an inspiring and engaging man.
Shane Conley
Coworker
January 10, 2021
John was a very kind and charismatic man. He brought joy to a lot of people. He will be greatly missed by many.
Teresa Britton
Friend
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