Jay Burton Jacobson

Jacobson, Jay_ovalMarch 27, 1945 ~ January 10, 2018

Jay B. Jacobson, 72, Brandon, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Good Sam Luther Manor in Sioux Falls, after a long illness.

Memorial Services will be 1:30pm, Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, Brandon, with a visitation beginning one hour prior. Full Military Honors will follow the service. Jay donated his body to the University of Minnesota Research with the hope to help others.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established by his family in his honor.

Jay Burton Jacobson was born on March 27, 1945 in Worthington, MN, to Jacob and Alyce (Herried) Jacobson. Jay was raised in Worthington, MN where he graduated high school. He worked for the city on the dredge, after which he entered the Navy and served from 1966-1970 on the USS Roosevelt. Jay then entered the University of Minnesota and earned a degree in Food Service and Hospitality. In the fall of 1970, Jay met Alice Knobloch and married on December 11, 1976, in Worthington, MN. They lived in Richfield, MN, while Jay worked for ARA Services, before they moved back to Valley Springs to begin farming on Alice’s father’s farm. When they moved to the farm, he said that he moved from one end of the food service to the other end of it, meaning he feed people and now he was feeding the pigs and cattle. In May 2010, Jay and Alice moved into Brandon. Jay also loaded planes for UPS, sold seed corn and soybeans, and was a school bus driver for the Brandon Valley school district.
Jay served in leadership and various boards in church, served on the elevator board, and was an American Legion member. He was a member of the Beaver Valley Lutheran Church, Valley Springs, and then Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church in Brandon.

Jay was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed salmon fishing in Alaska. Elk hunting in the Black Hills and Luna, NM were two life goals that he completed. He also has a passion for hunting deer, pheasant and duck. Taking his wife’s Uncle Andy and his son Jason to “Fishing Has No Boundaries” each year was definitely a joy and passion that he had for about 25 years. Jay would take others fishing, especially individuals with special needs. He loved sharing the joy of seeing them enjoy the outdoors. Jay also liked to watch NASCAR races and worked as a pit crew member for a buddy in the early 70’s on a local racing team.

Jay was always a fun-loving, kind and generous man, and a friend to all he met. He was truly a faithful servant ministering to others even while suffering himself. Jay’s deep faith and strong will carried him and his family through 10 years of chronic heart failure.During the past year in the nursing home, Jay enjoyed being an educational tool to many nursing and doctor students.

Jay will be deeply missed by his wife, Alice; three children, Jody (Christian) Rieck, Andover, MN, April Jo (Jeffery) Gustafson, Hurley, SD, and Jason Jacobson, Sioux Falls; two grandchildren, Alex and Jacob; two sisters, Lois Shoemaker, Boulder, CO, and Norma (Dennis Swen) Stueland, Coon Rapids, MN; and one sister-in-law, Emmy (Paul) Banwart, Casa Grande, AZ; and nieces and nephews.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents.

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  • Monica Pusch says:

    Tim and I so sorry to hear of Jays death. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim Ellis says:

    My thoughts and prayer are with the Jacobson family. I wish I could attend Jay’s service but distance prohibits my attending.

  • Dear Alice & family,
    I’m sorry I can’t be there to share your sorrow and loss. My prayers are with you.
    May our Heavenly Father wrap you in His comforting arms.
    With love & prayers

  • Dana Larsen says:

    Dear Alice and family,

    My deepest condolences to you all. I remember Jay’s light spirit. No doubt God called him and he is now dancing in heaven, free of pain knowing one day he and you all will reunite again. May God bless you all and remember Jay will live on, here on earth in all of your hearts.

    Warm Regards,
    Dana M. Larsen

  • Netta Ramos says:

    To Alice, my dear cousin and all of Jay’s family,
    My most sincere sympathy to you in the passing of your dear husband, dad, etc. He was a special man and truly dealt with
    So many health issues with a kind spirit. May the Lord surround you with his love and peace today and always.
    I know he is finally completely healed and living in the presence of God. But each of you feel the loss of a dear one.
    All my love,
    So wish I could be there to support you all in person, but am continuing to lift you up in prayer often.

  • Nancy Bell-Moore says:

    I’m so very very sorry for you Alice and your children, family and friends for the passing over of Jay into the arms of Jesus in heaven. I know he loved you dearly and he will be so missed. My heart hurts for the tears of your heart…know we and many many others are praying for you and your family. I love you dearly..Nancy

  • Carol Baurer says:

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. So wish I could be there to give you a hug and love. May God abundantly provide your every need now and in the days to come. God bless you!!!

    Carol Baurer

  • Arlene Houtsma says:

    Sending our love and prayers. May God bless you and your family. Alice, we will take you to lunch when we get back from Az.

  • Jan McDowell says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jay’s death. Jay and Alice were among the smiling people who sat together playing bingo at Luther Manor on Tuesdays. His smile and laughter will be missed by this volunteer who kidded him a lot. May this family know God’s peace and comfort in the coming days.

  • Jerry Kerkhove says:

    Alice and family,

    Sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I knew him for only the last few years through the American Legion. I remember he often had a smile. It was enjoyable talking with Jay. Although his health was not good during these years I never heard him complain. Jay was a very strong man both spiritually and physically. Today he is enjoying the benefits we all hope to experience some day. May Jay now rest in peace and may we all remember the gifts he gave to us.

    Jerry Kerkhove

  • JR and Stephanie Leuthold says:

    Alice and family,
    Deepest sympathy at Jay’s passing. Sending prayers and hugs to all.
    JR and Stephanie

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