Reed Baker Jacob was born Oct. 10, 1931, near Driggs, Idaho, and left this world Aug. 4, 2018, at his home near Dallas, Ore.
Reed was the fourth child of Joseph Reed Jacob and Luella Hall Jacob and had eight siblings. During summers in Idaho, the family lived in a home with dirt floors on the farm. The family moved to Longview Wash., where Reed rode his horse to school occasionally and, after high school, helped his father and older brother in logging.
He joined the Air Force in 1950, trained as a navigator and left in 1956 as a First Lieutenant. He graduated University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, working full-time at Boeing throughout college. He worked for General Electric in Alaska, New York and Richland, Wash.
Reed married his second wife, Margaret (Marge), in 1962. After working for several years at Hanford in Richland, Reed and Marge moved to Albany, Ore., to work with his brother, Joe, in the grass seed business. Reed remained in the grass seed business until the early 1990s.
Reed believed in investing for the future and making saving a habit. After purchasing a prune farm in 1979, he became a planter of trees in 1987. In the early ‘90s, Reed and his brother built a unique tower to reflect his unique life. He was a lifelong student of UFO research and esoteric knowledge. His life philosophy was to love all with a calm and peaceful heart.
He is survived by his wife, Marge Jacob, and five of his seven children: David Jacob (wife Sandra), Diana Kennard (husband Paul), Steve Jacob, deceased, (wife Gena), Robert Jacob (wife Laura), Jacie Jacob Daschel (husband John), Ren Jacob (wife Joanne) and San Jacob, deceased. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life is planned for Oct. 7 at the family farm.
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