John Stephen Jacobson

John Stephen Jacobson passed away on December 26, 2017; surrounded by his family, in Queen Creek, AZ. He fought a courageous battle throughout this year.

John was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Alexandra and Edwin Jacobson in 1945. He attended schools in Sioux Falls, graduating from Washington High School. He attended South Dakota State University, graduating with a Journalism degree. He received his Master’s in Public Administration from Chico State University, California.

He worked for the Argus Leader newspaper until he accepted a job with McKennen hospital as a Marketing and Public Relations Director. He stayed with his career path until he retired from Northern Arizona Healthcare, in Flagstaff, AZ., having also worked in Redding, CA with Mercy Medical Center.

Prior to graduation from college, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 1st-10th artillery division, 3rd infantry division. Eventually being assigned to Headquarters Stratcom, USAREUR. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant 5th class.

He was listed in Who’s Who of the Midwest in 1980, and received a Telly award for a commercial he produced.

He was active in the Sioux Falls Press Association; Sioux Falls Community Blood Band and Make a Wish of Sioux Falls Board. He was a member of the American Society of Hospital Public Relations organization. He was a board member for Wells Fargo Bank and was active in the Sertoma International and Rotary International Service clubs. Received the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, multiple aunts and uncles and a special niece.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary. Four children, Kevin (Roseanna); Anna Hudson; Erik (Katie); and Carrie (John Williams). Ten wonderful grandchildren. His sister Edwina, brothers Roger King (Julie) and Rolland King (Caroline).

He was a happy man; who loved Elvis and Disneyland; adored his family and friends. Nicknamed as a teddy bear by his co-worker in Redding. He will be missed.

No immediate services are planned. Donations to his service clubs, or Make a Wish Foundation and Boy Scouts of America would be appreciated.

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