Obituary for John Michael Jacobs

  • 1.  Obituary for John Michael Jacobs

    Posted 11-02-2020 15:16

    John Michael Jacobs                  April 21, 1950 – July 10, 2019

    It is with hearts broken that we announce the death, and celebration of life, of John Michael Jacobs. Affectionately known as "Jake," he will always be alive in our memories as the larger than life, jolly storyteller, jokester, consummate connector, who loved his family dearly and held his friends close. He passed away with grace on July 10, 2019, after a feisty, courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer that left even his doctors delightfully surprised at his resilience.

    Jake is survived by his wife of 38 years, Deborah Manning Jacobs; and he was a devoted and loving father to his daughter, Michelle Jacobs Thomas, her husband Tony and their three children; and his son, Michael Manning Jacobs; and his "surrogate" daughter, Laura Louise Edwards, daughter of the late Meck Edwards.

    He was an alum of Hillcrest High School, and of Southern Methodist University, a life-long Dallas native and lover of all things Texas. It was at Hillcrest that Jake came into the good fortune of his lifelong cohort of nearest and dearest friends, including Alan Balser.  He mysteriously busted out of the hospital to attend his 50 year HHS ('68) reunion, in time to relive his glory years.  At SMU, many more life-long friendships began when Jake joined Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, a legacy continued by his son, Michael, at Texas A&M University.

    After a brief career in commercial real estate in Dallas, Jake began his passionate career of over 40 years as a Petroleum Landman. Hired by Jim Beavers, head of the Land Department at Hunt Oil Company, Jake quickly excelled to Regional Land Manager for Hunt Oil. After leaving Hunt, Jake later began his own company, Brazos Land Services, venturing into the exploration and production side of the petroleum industry. A lifetime member of the American Association of Professional Landman (AAPL), Jake was an avid attendee of the North American Petroleum Expo (NAPE), attending his last conference in February, 2019 with his oldest friend Alan Balser. Jake continued his beloved work in the industry until just a few weeks before his passing and can be quoted as saying, "I don't think I will ever retire, I just love it too much."

    Jake's was a life well-lived, and even more well-loved. And he died as he lived, having reconnected with many of his loved friends and family in the last two years of his life, making sure to connect everyone together and keep the families and friends close-knit in time for his passing. And that is the gift of his life: he was, above all things, a joyous connector.


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    Lyndsey Callahan
    Member Services Administrator