Donald E. Jacobs

Feb 26, 2012 Staff

Donald E. Jacobs, 86, a longtime resident of Lander, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, after a short stay at Morning Star Care Center in Fort Washakie.

A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, May 18, at the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander, with a reception to be at the Lander Elks Lodge following the service. The time will be announced at a future date.

Donald Eugene Jacobs was born Aug 2, 1925, in Worthing, S.D., the second son of Charles and Rose (Urben) Jacobs. He grew up in the Custer, S.D., area and graduated from Custer High School in 1944.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 as part of the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Massey (DD-778 ). He served on the destroyer in combat in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in 1946. Upon returning from military service, Mr. Jacobs worked as a meat cutter in Custer, S.D.

On Easter Sunday in April 1950, he married Florence Ella Lanouette in Custer, S.D.

Mr. Jacobs worked as a roughneck in the oil fields of Wyoming and Montana before coming to Lander in 1953, where he worked as a butcher for Safeway until he retired. He worked at the U.S. Steel Mine at Atlantic City, Nu-Way Catering of Lander, feeding firefighters across the country, including the Yellowstone fires of 1988, and then opened Jake's Wild Game Meat Processing on Main Street in Lander for 15 years.

His family said Mr. Jacobs enjoyed photography, mountain adventures, family gatherings and friends, working on the Jacobs family ranch, observing wildlife, being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim at age 65 and drove the entire Alaska-Canada highway on its 50th anniversary in the summer of 1992. The family said he took pride in his "LCC " brand worn on some cattle on the Jacobs family ranch located off Table Mountain.

Mr. Jacobs was a member of the Lander Elks Lodge, VFW, the American Legion and Denver Meat Cutters Association.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence Jacobs of Lander; his sister, Deloris Skinner of Cheyenne; son Randy Jacobs and wife Roi Delene of Lander; daughters Peggy Humphrey and husband Bill of Lander, and Patricia Keiser and husband Mark of Atlantic City; six grandchildren, Sunny, Graham, Tatum, Justus, TJ and Cache; five great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rose Jacobs; older brother Dale Jacobs; his in-laws, Frank and Mable Lanouette, for whom he provided a home and care in their later years in Lander.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice of Riverton, 716 College View Drive, Ste. C, Riverton, WY 82501 or the Lander Senior Citizens Center, 205 South 10th St., Lander, WY 82520.

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