Larry “Jake” Jacobs (76), husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to all who knew him returned home to our Heavenly Parents on Monday, January 16, 2023. He left this life unexpectedly at his home while watching a football game.
Jake grew up in Bountiful, Utah. His father passed away while he was in the 6th grade and he became the man of the family. He took his responsibilities seriously and did the best he could. He would describe himself as an outstanding student and a great athlete. One of those two is an accurate description.
He was active all his life playing football, basketball, and baseball. As a sophomore at Bountiful High School, he played shortstop on the varsity team. He continued with success in sports during his jr. year. However, at the start of the baseball season his coach told him that he would need to cut his beautiful blond pompadour. Jake decided his hair was more important, so he turned in his uniform and focused his attention to “hot rods” for the remainder of high school.
During that time, he met the love of his life, Dixie Woozley. They married August 29, 1966. On March 16, 1973, they took their three boys (at the time) to the Salt Lake City Temple where they were sealed for time and all eternity. Jake’s greatest joy in life was his family.
That same year, Jake decided to go into business for himself. He and Dixie opened Jake's Quality Radiator in the fall of 1973. Jake’s was a Bountiful icon in its time. During those first few years, money was tight, and business was tough, but they were determined to work hard and make things happen. With great faith, Jake would often ask Dixie if they had paid their tithing and when he was told yes, he would always say, “Then don’t worry. Things will work out.” Despite all of Jake’s boys working summers at the Shop, he was able to stay in business for 42 years and was known as "the best place to take a leak" in Davis County.
From a young age, Jake was passionate about fast “Hot Rods,” and he built some of the coolest cars in town. He loved his 1920 T Bucket, his 1931 yellow Chev (used as the logo for his shop) and his red 1932 Ford truck. However, those built later in his life; the 1970 Mach 1, and multiple Classic Mustangs were his favorites. All of which were featured in car magazines.
Even in his later years, if you needed to find Jake the best place to look was on a basketball court or softball field. He loved pitching and playing with his boys on the Jake’s Radiator softball team. Jake enjoyed nothing more than watching his boys and grandkids compete in sports. He was a coach and mentor to countless youth. Jake was a legend.
When he was 40 years old his oldest son Chris was seriously injured in a car accident, leaving him completely dependent on others for care. For the past 37 years Dixie and Jake, with the help of so many families and friends, have lived a selfless life caring for Chris and doing it with grace and love. Their examples and strength inspired so many and will have a lasting impact on all who know them well.
Jake loved his grandchildren. He loved to give them rides in his Hot Rods with Chris as his co-pilot. They rarely missed a single game or performance. Each of them felt loved and supported by their Grandpa Jake and inherited his love of ice cream, which he often had before bed.
Jake had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a faithful Priesthood holder and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a strong testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He didn’t give many sermons at a pulpit, but his life and example were constant living sermons of selfless service, optimism, and great love. His actions spoke louder than his words.
Jake is preceded in death by his parents Helen (Dickerson) and Don Jacobs, sister Karen (Chuck Peters) and brothers Mike & Barney. Jake is survived by his wife Dixie, son’s Chris, Dusty (Dena), Ryan (Kristin), Jon Woozley (Tiff), Mason (Janelle), Matt (Libby), Zach (Erika), 24 Grandchildren and sister Pat Bryson.
An opportunity to visit Dixie and family will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 1941 North Main Street, Farmington, Utah. Another opportunity to visit with the family will take place on Tuesday morning, January 24, 2023, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. with the funeral following at 11:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 270 West Burton Lane, Kaysville, Utah.
Dixie and the Family would like to thank their family, neighbors and friends for their on-going love and support.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.