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John Henry Jacobs
(April 10, 1930 - February 5, 2013)

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John Henry Jacobs

John Henry Jacobs passed from this world to the next on February 5, 2013, lovingly surrounded by his family.

Born to Barbara & Henry Jacobs in Sheridan, Wyoming on April, 10, 1930, he was an identical twin to brother Tom. In the summer of 1941, the family moved to Bremerton, Washington.

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, and they stayed happily married for nearly 60 years. After the marriage, John settled in Kennewick and worked in the printing industry for 12 ½ years. He was an associate minister at 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 1st 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 clubs. He was also an avid Husky & Seahawk fan, a wood hobbyist, specializing in birdhouses, & 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 wife Laura Jacobs, his brother Tom and 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 Hazzard (Dave), Jacob (Amber) Hazzard, and Ashley Kilian, his fourteen 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, son-in-laws, Davey Hazzard & 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.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, at 11am at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. The family requests that memorials be made to the Sunnyside Ministerial Food Bank, 321 Decatur, Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign John’s online memorial book may do so at


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