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Donald Frank Jacobs

January 26, 1929 — January 6, 2017

Funeral services for Donald Jacobs will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017 at West Freeborn Lutheran Church.  Rev. Mark Hillmer and Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate.  Interment will be at West Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 13th at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  
Donald died peacefully Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society with family at his side.  
Donald F. Jacobs was born January 26, 1929 in Alden, MN, son of Edward and Bertha (Jordan) Jacobs.  After graduating from Alden High School he began carpentry work with his father Ed and brother-in-law Walt Newman.  On September 7, 1950 he married Darlene Olsen at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden.  Don farmed near Manchester and was a very dedicated and hardworking dairy and crop farmer.  After retiring from farming he spent the next 15 years working as a courier for the Albert Lea Medical Center.  He enjoyed visiting with staff and patients.  Donald was a member of the West Freeborn Lutheran Church and the Eagle’s. He was Board Supervisor and Board Member of Manchester Township for 18 years.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife Darlene; brothers James, Elmer and Albert; sisters Anna, Marie, Thelma and Dorothy and special friend Beverly Anfinson.  
Donald is survived by 6 children Daniel (Patty) Jacobs of Alden, Donald D. (Terry) Jacobs of Worthing, SD, Doug (Diane) Jacobs of Albert Lea, David (Janelle) Jacobs of Trent, SD, DeeAnn (Jerome) Goette of Freeborn and Donna (Jay) Ignaszewski of Woodbury; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Deloris Jacobs; sisters-in-law, Marjean Jacobs, Phyllis Olsen, and LaVonne (Kay) Berry; and many nieces and nephews.  
Donald will always be remembered for his fun, loving and kind personality.  He always took time for others and put a smile on those around him.  He loved spending time with his family, farming, dancing, and visiting with people.  Donald always looked forward to our annual family pheasant hunt in South Dakota.  He loved life and lived it to the fullest.  
Memorials are preferred to West Freeborn Church, the Parkinson’s Association or Youth For Christ.  
Don’s family would like to say “Thank You” to the staff at Good Samaritan.  Not only for the care he received the last two and a half years, but also for the friendship and love they gave to our dad.  The staff and residents became a very important part of his life.  God bless you!

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