John Henry Jacobs, 82, of Sunnyside passed from this world to the next on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, lovingly surrounded by his family.
He was born April 10, 1930, in Sheridan, Wyo. to Barbara and Henry Jacobs, he was an identical twin to brother, Tom. In the summer of 1941, the family moved to Bremerton.
John graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1948. Upon graduation, John was involved in a car accident that left him with a broken back. He attended an Oral Roberts tent meeting in Tacoma shortly thereafter, where he accepted Christ as his Savior and found his calling for the next 60-years-the ministry. It was during this revival meeting that John found that his back was healed. Forty years after the accident, he delighted in telling the story, when questioned by an orthopedist about his previous back surgery. He was happy to tell the orthopedist that his back was healed through Christ, not surgery.
John married Laura Miller on June 12, 1953. They stayed happily married for nearly 60 years. After the marriage, John settled in Kennewick and worked in the printing industry for 12-and-a-half years.
He was an associate minister for the Church of the Nazarene in Kennewick before accepting his first pastorate in Princeton, Idaho in 1961 followed by the Nazarene Church in Sunnyside in 1964. John was ordained in the Nazarene Church in 1965. In 1968 John returned to the printing business, as a salesman and manager for businesses both in Yakima and Othello, as well as the Sunnyside Sun. He returned to the ministry in 1976 as the pastor of the First Christian Church of Sunnyside, which he preached at for the next 30 years, retiring in 2006. While pastoring, he volunteered his time managing the Sunnyside Ministerial Association Food Bank for 35 years, retiring in 2011.
John was active in the Sunnyside Community and was a member of Kiwanis and Lions club. He was also an avid Husky and Seahawk fan, a wood hobbyist, specializing in birdhouses, and a collector of rare wood found in dumpsters.
He loved listening to old-time radio programs, reading, studying the Bible, laughing, attending garage sales, being the life of the party, spending time with his family, taking his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to school, and having coffee with his friends.
John will forever be remembered by his wife of 60 years, Laura of Sunnyside; his twin brother, Tom; sister, Barbara Haynes; his well-loved children, Cindy (Randy) Boast, Robert (Dasha) and Nancy Hazzard; treasured grandchildren, Amanda (Tanner) Tobin, Corey and Harrison Jacobs, Jennifer (Sam) Ramos, Sarah (Dave) Hazzard, Jacob (Amber) Hazzard and Ashley Kilian; his 14 great-grandchildren; his LIFE group; and countless other friends and family, whom were blessed to know him.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Melinda Kilian; sons-in-law, Davey Hazzard and Mike Kilian; and grandson, Andy Kilian.
John was an encourager of people, especially those close to his heart and those who were destitute, homeless, social outcasts or impoverished. He touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity.
John maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end of his life.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Sunnyside Ministerial Food Bank, 321 Decatur in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to sign John's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.