Donald Jacobsen

12/05/1938 — 02/06/2024

From Pasco, WA | Born in Pasco, WA

Donald Jacobsen

Donald R. “Jake” Jacobsen passed away peacefully on February 6th, 2024 in Richland, Washington at 85 years old. He is forever remembered for being an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather as well as loved dearly by his friends and family.

Jake was born and raised in Pasco, Washington on December 5th, 1938, to his mother, Evelyn Armbruster, and his father, Jacob Jacobsen. Jake was raised alongside his sister Joyce, on their family farm. Growing up, Jake was involved in Future Farmers of America and served as a judge of hogs at the Benton Franklin County Fair.  After high school graduation, Jake enlisted into the United States Navy and sent through Electrician’s A school as well as the Nuclear Power school in Vallejo, California and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ultimately coming back home to the Tri Cities area, Jake resided here for a total of 67 years; returning after the Navy to the Tri-Cities area and working at Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Jake served in the United States Navy for 25 years where he served on two aircraft carriers, one high speed transport ship, and several submarines: The USS Skipjack, The USS Tautog, and The USS William H. Bates. During his time in the Navy, Jake was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, Five Good Conduct Awards and attained the rank of E9 Master Chief Electrician before finishing his military career in September of 1980. Yet, despite his long list of achievements, Jake’s proudest moments were the births of his three children: Donald Jr., Dan and Dianne.

Jake is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Adrienne Jacobsen, his three children: Don Jr. (Connie) Jacobsen, Dan (Ginny) Jacobsen, Dianne (Gavin) Gillespie, his eight grandchildren: Brien, Natalie, Shea, Andrew, Joshua, Sasha, Noah and Reese, as well as two great-grandchildren: Scarlett and Ruth, and a new addition of a third great grandchild expected this August. He is preceded in death by his parents: Evelyn and Jacob, as well as his dear sister, Joyce Crust.

A memorial will be held on May 25th, 2024 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Richland, WA.

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  • Jake, you may be gone but not forgotten. May you have fair winds and following seas, Rest in peace Shipmate, we have the watch. MMCM(SS) Raymond Kuhn and Donna USN(RET).

    Raymond Kuhn
    March 9, 2024
    Spokane, WA
  • AJ, I remember Jake as Norton from the Halloween party we had at ADS. He was so funny . May god bless you and comfort you and your family during this time. Jake is resting in the arms of God safe and secure.

    Brenda Reisch
    February 17, 2024
    Kennewick WA.
  • Adrienne,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of Jake. I have such great memories of working with him and of course, the both of you coming to our Super Bowl parties. As a fellow bubblehead, we have deep ties that cannot be explained to many civilians. I know you understand as many of your closest friends served with Jake in submarines. He was a great man and a great friend. Have peace knowing he is resting in heaven.

    “There is a port of no return, where ships
    May ride at anchor for a little space
    And then, some starless night, the cable slips,
    Leaving an eddy at the mooring place.
    Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
    No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.”

    Bill Meader
    February 16, 2024
    Thailand
  • Our deepest condolences to Adrienne and family! You are in our thoughts and prayers! We treasure the memories of the time we were neighbors and dear friends in Hawaii.
    RIP Jake!

    Starr Smith
    February 16, 2024
    San Diego, California
  • Dear Adrienne, family and friends of Jake,
    On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Jake´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow “Bubblehead” departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Kearsarge CV-33, USS Oriskany CV-34, USS Cook APD-130, USS Skipjack SSN-585, USS Tautog SSN-639 and USS William H Bates SSN-680.
    To our “Brother-of-the-Phin” we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas.” Thank you for your service to our country.
    Adrienne and family… “may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV).
    Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret,
    National Chaplain, USSVI.

    Jim Sandman
    February 16, 2024
    Tennessee
  • We love you so much Jacobsen family!! Forever linked by our past and forever family in Heaven. Continue to cherish each other and this life we all live once.

    Mitch and Pam Farrar
    February 16, 2024
    Satellite Beach, FL
  • Dear Adrienne, family and friends of Jake,
    On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Jake´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow “Bubblehead” departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Kearsarge CV-33, USS Oriskany CV-34, USS Cook APD-130, USS Skipjack SSN-585, USS Tautog SSN-639 and USS William H Bates SSN-680.
    To our “Brother-of-the-Phin” we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas.” Thank you for your service to our country.
    Adrienne and family… “may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV).
    Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret,
    National Chaplain, USSVI.
    http://www.jimsandman.com

    Jim Sandman
    February 16, 2024
    Tennessee
  • Jake was always the most cheerful and thoughtful friends that we knew in our days in Groton Connecticut. He was very well respected among the sailors and families in Navy housing. Sending love to his family

    Eileen
    February 16, 2024
    Bellingham WA
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