George Ernest Jacobson, a life-long resident of Safford, passed into eternity on January 23, 2020, with his loving family at his side. He was born on January 11, 1946, in Safford to parents George Vester Jacobson & Martha Louise Cox Jacobson with siblings; Marjorie, Caroline, Martin David & William Jacobson.
George graduated from Safford High School, class of 1964. From there he joined the United States Navy, served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1969. He was a true patriot, who had the deepest respect for our military and all of those who have served this country.
On November 29, 1968, he married his one true love, Joyce Claridge at the home of Alf B. Claridge, in Solomon, AZ. The young couple settled in Safford where George began working in the construction industry and soon found his place as a General Contractor. The couple started welcoming the arrival of each of their children; Travis Wade, Jennifer, Tad Christopher, and George Ernest Jacobson II.
After a time, George began working as a mail carrier and later retired from the Safford Post Office. He loved woodworking, motorcycles, fishing and hot rods of any kind. He was truly an honest, loyal and loving man.
George is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Claridge Jacobson, his children; Travis (Stephanie) Jacobson of Mesa, Jennifer (Mason) Cochran of Safford, Tad (Lynette) Jacobson of Safford and George (Dedra) Jacobson also of Safford. He is also survived by 14 Grandchildren; Whitney, Emmy, Dallin & Maddox Jacobson, Jorgan Cochran Beals, Leslie Cochran Romero, Hannah & Drew Cochran, Weston, Seth & Hayden Jacobson, and Holden, Nixon & Dane Jacobson, 3 Great-Grandchildren; Mason Beals and Camden & Coen Romero, his siblings Caroline Hartshorn & William Jacobson, and last but not least, his dog Lola Jacobson.
He is preceded in death by his parents George Vester & Martha Louise Cox Jacobson, by his brother Martin David Jacobson and his sister Marjorie Turney.
A viewing will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020, at the McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 beginning with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 20th Street Chapel. Interment will be in the Safford Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.