Lifelong Harbor resident, Richard “Dick” Allen Jacobs, age 70, went to be with the angels, his late wife Nancy and beloved lab, Molly. He lost his courageous battle with cancer, peacefully at home in front of a cozy fire, surrounded by his loving family on July 18, 2014.
Dick was born in Aberdeen, Washington, on March 12, 1944. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Antoinette “Pat” Jacobs. He lived most of his life in Montesano and graduated from Montesano High School with the class of 1962. He enjoyed working on the class reunion committees each time they had one coming up.
In his teen years, he enjoyed riding motorcycles, his red ‘54 Chevy, and hunting and fishing with his father. On Nov. 7, 1964, he married his high school school sweetheart, Carolyn (Zillyett) Randall, who survives in Olympia. They raised their two daughters, Kim and Kelly, in Montesano. Dick worked at Weyerhaeuser for two years in the Cosmopolis truck shop in the Parts Dept., and as a bread truck driver with Langendorf bakeries in Aberdeen for 18 years. While the girls were growing up, he and Carolyn enjoyed taking them to Disneyland, fishing, camping, clam digging and Sunday road trips (which usually entailed burgers at Smitty’s In & Out in Elma). He was involved with the Monte girls softball program, helping with coaching the teams on occasion. He loved a good girls fastpitch game!
Dick and business partner, Jerrie Eaton, started Jacobs & Eaton Timber in 1986, buying and selling timber throughout Washington state. They also owned two mini storage businesses together in Montesano.
Dick married Nancy (Potter) McEvoy in 1985. They built a beautiful log home in Montesano, where he has resided for the last 30 years. He took great pride in the home’s park-like setting, complete with gorgeous pond and waterfalls. He loved sitting in his recliner, watching all the ducks fly in to feed at the pond. Dick and Nancy loved going on hunting trips together, fishing local rivers, riding quads, shooting trap, taking vacations all over the U.S. and abroad, and having a good time no matter what they were doing … always filled with fun, laughter and many, many good stories! Nancy passed away from leukemia on July 25, 2010.
Dick had an immense love for duck hunting — known by many as DADDY DUCK. He lived for duck hunting season and preparing ‘The Farm’ in the Brady bottoms for the most fabulous hunts ever and taking friends out to enjoy the shoot, followed by a little lunch up in the ‘duck shack!’ Dick didn’t miss a day of “whacking ‘em and stacking ‘em” up until this last year when his medical condition made it nearly impossible for him to endure the cold weather. He couldn’t have had a successful day of hunting without his best pal, black lab Molly. He kept track of every duck she retrieved over her lifetime of hunting with him … and had an amazing total of 6,124 retrieved ducks! He was so proud of that dog … loved her like no other and provided the best of the best for her. Unfortunately, Molly also lost her battle with cancer this year, at the age of 14, laying by the fire in the family home. You know they have reunited!
Dick was very involved with the Ducks Unlimited Foundation, never missing a dinner/auction, be it local or around the U.S. He was honored at the February 2014 DU banquet in Montesano for putting in countless hours at Greenhead Farms and his outstanding contributions to waterfowl and wetlands conservation. He was also a member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club, North America Wild Sheep Foundation, former director of the Mule Deer Foundation and life member of the NRA.
Because of his love for hunting, you could usually find Dick shopping at Cabela’s at least three or four times a month. When the girls would ask him what he wanted for his birthday or Christmas, the answer was always the same, year after year … a Cabela’s gift card (even though he already had at least one of everything in the store!). If he wasn’t shopping at Cabela’s or duck hunting, you could find him watching the Mariners or Seahawks play — sometimes even swearing at the TV. He loved a good close game!
Dick was a wonderful, loving, giving father to his two daughters, both who survive in Olympia, Kim Jacobs (fiance, John Nicholson) and Kelly (Gordy) Bagnell. His son-in-law, Gordy Bagnell, became “the son he never had”… showing him all the ropes of duck hunting so that he could carry on his duck hunting legacy. They became best of buds and Gordy played an important role in the final months as caregiver to Dick, alongside his daughters and so many others who helped with his care so he could remain in the home he loved. He is also survived by three grandchildren: London Vessey, Alexa Bagnell and Kennedy Vessey; his companion, Naomi Hylton; and special friend, Gilberto Torres, who showed much care and concern once Dick was unable to do things for himself, by taking care of the grounds around the family home and providing weekly home-cooked meals. The girls would like to thank ALL who stopped by to visit, stayed a day or night with dad to help in his care, dropped by meals and goodies, and thank you to Dr. James Lechner for the oncology care, as well as recent daily caregiver, Shelly Nuxoll (who he adored), and the nursing staff with Harbors Home Health and Hospice Care.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ducks Unlimited, Grays Harbor Chapter.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen, followed by Celebration of Life gathering at 3:30 p.m. at Grays Harbor Country Club in Central Park. In honor of Dick’s love for ducking hunting and Ducks Unlimited, feel free to wear any DU or camo clothing.
To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle, please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Montesano.