John Jacobsen

John E. Jacobsen passed away at his home, March 5, 2006 at the age of 61.

He was born on March 12, 1944 in Williams Lake, B.C.

John was the son of Einar M. and Edna L. Jacobsen of Big Lake. He lived his life in the Big Lake and Tyee Lake area.

John’s father and mother preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, daughter Tena (Calvin) MacLeod, son Jace (Shauna), daughter Reta: six grandchildren, Tara-Lynn, Tianna MacLeod; Jack, Shane, Leah, Holly Jacobsen; sisters Carole (Kenny) and Marie McKinnon.

John also leaves behind many other family and friends who will always miss and remember his unselfish, generous heart.

John attended school at Big Lake and in Williams Lake. John travelled with Jessie Frink to stay in the dorm during the week. He also attended Sunday school at Jessie’s house as it was a social time as well.

John met his wife in January 1966 in Big Lake.

Together they had three children.

But the big heart that he had brought other children into his life: nephew Noel (Mario) McKinnon, niece Juanita (nee McKinnon) and David Gray. All were members of his family.

John’s love of ranching kept him at the family farm for years and a few years after his marriage he started building the Tyee Lake part of the Ranch. His house was always open to all who wanted to visit; with coffee or a meal and lots of conversation.

John enjoyed ranching and he always made room for wildlife around the family farm.

But the baby grouse just hatching was at the top of his list. He saw it only once but that was all he needed. “Aren’t those babies so cute.”

Flying, fishing, trapping, horses, and hunting were his hobbies during his life.

He enjoyed working with machinery in the field and plowing snow for the neighbours.

He also liked to build things in his shop, from wooden spinning wheels to steel farm implements.

He always looked ahead with happy expectations for new heifers and new hayfields.

Unfortunately John’s health held him back from the things he enjoyed for some time.

He was always full of knowledge and we learned a lot from him.

John will be missed by all his family and friends.