Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hank Jacobsen

Henry Michael Jacobsen died at his home in Sonoma, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2010.

Born in Ithaca, N.Y. in 1914, he spent his early years in Europe before returning to the U.S. He graduated UC Berkeley in 1935, and was employed at the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He soon joined the Army and served with honor in World War II, rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, was aide to Maj. Gen. Gruenther in the 5th Army under Gen. Mark Clark and participated in the liberation of Italy, and notably Rome.

He returned to San Francisco after the war and became partner in Bauer/Jacobsen Food Brokerage Co., which evolved with other partners, eventually returning to sole ownership, which he continued into his late 80s. Being involved in the food industry brought out the gourmet in him and he loved to cook and entertain.

Hank was an avid skier from the earliest days prior to rope tows or chairlifts He was an enthusiastic supporter of the growth of skiing and served many years first as president of Sugar Bowl Ski Club and later of the Far West Ski Association. He was an enthusiastic sailor as well, and often crewed in sailboat races on the bay, and fishing trips to Alaska or Iceland were not uncommon. He could be found at a domino game at Merchant's Exchange whenever he went missing.

He loved to travel and made lifelong friends everywhere he went. Although he lived in San Francisco and Marin County most of his adult life, he and his wife, Mary Lou, moved to Sonoma in the mid 90s, an area he came to love equally well.

Hank is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Fisher Jacobsen; step-daughter, Jennifer Berger Whitney (John) of Marin County, Calif.; and his daughter, Karen Jacobsen (Matt Burke) and first wife, Sue McNiel Jacobsen, both of Sun Valley, Idaho.

A celebration of life gathering will be held for family and friends in San Francisco at a future date to be announced.

For further information, contact Sue or Karen at (208) 726-3792.

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