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.
Published in Boulder City Review on Aug. 20, 2020.