DONALD ROBERT JACOBSON
1945 - 2020
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DONALD ROBERT JACOBSON Donald Robert Jacobson, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on August 8, 2020, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Born July 7, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, Don grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, graduating from Arcadia High School in 1963. He joined the United States Navy in 1963 and served until 1967. In 1966 he married Patricia Lynne Wasson. After completing his service in the Navy, he earned his Associates of Arts degree in art and design from Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona. In 1974 he moved his wife and two little daughters to Boulder City and was a proud and happy member of the community. He became a Project Specialist for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, retiring in 2000. Many people called him the unofficial tour guide of Boulder City as he loved to take strangers on guided tours of the town and all the beautiful desert scenery. He picked up litter from the parks, swept the gutters clean, washed dishes at St. Christopher's, was a Girl Scout right along with his daughters, sorted nuts and bolts and manned the book room for Country Store, set up the Christmas village with the grandkids, lit the Christmas luminaries at church ,climbed Walter's Wiggles in Zion multiple times, told corny jokes, collected rocks from nearly everywhere and helped countless numbers of people with their building projects. He remodeled and rebuilt his home, board by board and created artful landscape tableaux in his yard. He was an avid sailor, hiker and traveler, having traveled multiple times to Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Gilbert Islands and Japan. He loved road trips and called the windshield of his car his big screen TV. He was a secret teacher, teaching scores of people to understand and appreciate the geologic beauty of the world, especially his beloved Valley of Fire. Don taught friends and family to cherish the environment and to care for our natural resources. He loved his family deeply and he is deeply loved by his family. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patty, his daughters Julie Jacobson and Jonna Noe, his son-in-law Michael Noe and his grandchildren Tyler Goodale, Jazmyn Ross, and Erik Ross. He is also survived by his nieces Katia Fleischman and Natasha Jacobson. And he is survived by a world of friends because he never met a stranger. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 812 Arizona Street, Boulder City, Nevada, 89005. Until it is safe to hold proper services, you can honor Don by taking a walk and enjoying the simple beauties that nature has to offer.


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Published in Boulder City Review on Aug. 20, 2020.
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August 22, 2020
I worked with Don at the water treatment plant for many years. He was so kind, funny and interesting. My condolences to his family and many friends.
Carol Bradley
Coworker
August 19, 2020
I remember going hiking and rock collecting. We went to feed the fish and ducks too. Lots of memories. He will be missed.❤
Machee Clawson
August 19, 2020
My friend, my brother. My life was blessed by having you in it. I will always remember you with a smile in my heart.
Darlene Dufault
Friend
August 18, 2020
Jonna and Julie, condolences on the passing of your beloved dad. Your touching memories and wonderful words about him were so beautiful. I had to laugh out loud when I read the name he christened the Sunfish, such a sense of humor!
Michele
Family
August 18, 2020
Not everyone was lucky enough to have such a wonderful father. He was absolutely the most present and involved father anyone could ask for. I’m the woman I am today because of all he taught me. The world was a better place because of him. He will be deeply missed but always in my heart and mind.
Julie Jacobson
Daughter
August 18, 2020
Julie Jacobson
Daughter
August 17, 2020
Don Jacobson was a very dear person. His smile was contagious and his humor was delightful. He definitely could brighten a person's spirit. My heart is heavy with sadness and our dear friend will in our hearts forever. Thank God for the memories.
Dennis Lybarger
Friend
August 17, 2020
I loved having Don come into the library. He was always up for a smile and a chat.
Fran Haraway
August 17, 2020
My dear friend and brother, I miss you. I will think of you often. You taught me so much and shared your love of nature, music, jokes, and cleanliness with me. See your sweet spirit on the other side.
Nancy G. Byrd
Friend
August 17, 2020
Sailing on Lake Mead on the Sunfish named "Passing Wind".
Jonna
Daughter
August 17, 2020
Jonna
Daughter
August 16, 2020
A lover of hiking, kayaking, sailing, driving, and sharing those loves with others. A student of geology, astronomy, society, and the environment and a teacher to those who would listen. A kind man, a helpful neighbor, a smart man, and a wonderful father.
Until we meet again. Don’t forget to come get me
Jonna
Daughter
August 16, 2020
Many people called him the unofficial tour guide of Boulder City as he loved to take strangers on guided tours of the town and all the beautiful desert scenery. He picked up litter from the parks, swept the gutters clean, washed dishes at St. Christopher’s, was a Girl Scout right along with his daughters, sorted nuts and bolts and manned the book room for Country Store, set up the Christmas village with the grandkids, lit the Christmas luminaries at church, climbed Walter’s Wiggles in Zion multiple times, told corny jokes, collected rocks from nearly everywhere, and helped countless numbers of people with their building projects. He remodeled and rebuilt his home, board by board, and created artful landscape tableaux in his yards. He was an avid sailor, hiker and traveler, having traveled multiple times to Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Gilbert Islands and Japan. He loved road trips and called the windshield of his car his big screen TV. He was a secret teacher, teaching scores of people to understand and appreciate the geologic beauty of the world, especially his beloved Valley of Fire. He taught friends and family to cherish the environment and care for our natural resources.
Jonna
Daughter
August 16, 2020
I love my daddy and I miss him so much. I hope he’s hiking the universe with his friends and brother.
Jonna
Daughter
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