Brian Richard Jacobson, a local businessman and friend of the Arcadia News, passed away on Saturday October 15, 2016, at the age of 59. Brian was born in Cooperstown, New York, but moved to the Phoenix area in 1991.
“He always had a great smile,” remembered his brother, Mark Jacobson. “He always had the best attitude and was caring toward everyone.”
Brian was a business owner and partner of Lasting Impressions Window and Door, and Stagecoach Locksmiths. His lifelong entrepreneurial spirit was one of the characteristics that stood out to his brother.
“The corporate world wasn’t his thing,” said Jacobson. “He always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Our grandparents owned a clothing shop in New York and when we were kids we would help wrap gift boxes there during the holidays.”
Some of Brian’s passions included his pets, golf, camping and music. He loved the outdoors and being able to walk outside during any season was one of the attributes he loved best about his local neighborhood.
“He loved this community,” said Jacobson. “He loaned money to people starting their own business and coached in Arcadia Little League. And like the rest of us, he loved the weather here from October through May.”
Family and friends held a celebration of life at Elks Lodge, which was attended by over 200 people.
“One of his dreams was to make it to Alaska, which he never did,” said Jacobson. “At the end, he said to me, ‘Well I guess I didn’t make it to Alaska.’ And I told him he was going to have a better view of Alaska than any of us.”
Brian is survived by his wife, Strawberry C. Jacobson, son Max A. R. Jacobson, father Richard M. Jacobson, aunt Jean W. Johnson and siblings Ann T. Mithoefer (Michael), Robin J. Torrence (Rod) and Mark A. Jacobson (Renee).