From the Office of Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
In sadness, we share the news that Rev. James Jacobson, a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference, died on Saturday, October 1, 2022.
Rev. James Jacobson was born in Aitkin, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1943. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War 2 and then attended the University of Minnesota. He married Lucille Linn, his high school sweetheart, in 1948. He served part time as a United Methodist minister while teaching at a local high school in Minneapolis. He moved to California in 1962 where he attended The School of Theology at Claremont. In 1963, he was admitted on trial in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of the Methodist Church (MC) where he began serving at Highgrove MC. He graduated with a Doctorate in Religion in 1966, served at Central MC (Associate, 1966) and later was admitted into full connection in 1967. In the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church, Rev. Jacobson served at Bellflower UMC (1968) and Indio UMC (1972). In the Pacific & Southwest Conference and the California-Pacific Conference of The UMC, he served at Cross Roads UMC (1977); La Mesa First UMC (1983). In the Desert Southwest Conference of The UMC, he served at Scottsdale UMC (Associate, 1985) and Shepherd of the Valley (Associate, 1987). After a leave of absence, Rev. Jacobson retired in 1990.
He had a passion for the spiritual health of children and families that is beautifully captured in his poetry and devotions. He was the author of four books for parents and three books of meditations. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Rotary Club, and was a distinguished member of the International Society of Poets. Rev. Jacobson is survived by Lucille, four children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 PM at:
Willowbrook United Methodist Church (Chapel)
19390 N. 99th Avenue
Sun City, AZ 85373
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:
Claremont School of Theology
Office of Advancement and Communications
1325 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-9967
Condolences can be sent to:
Mrs. Lucille Jacobson
10101 W Palmeras Dr., Apt 230
Sun City, AZ 85373
Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. James Jacobson, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.