On February 4, 2017, Abner Theodore Jacobsen was at home enjoying pie and ice cream with his wife, Dorothea, before falling asleep in his recliner. He then peacefully passed away in his sleep, to rest "in the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). Abner was born in Randall, Washington, October 29, 1932 in the worst of the Great Depression. His father, Hjalmar (Jim) Jacobsen, was born in Norway and his Norwegian-American mother, Martha Elfine Myrand Jacobsen, was born in Minnesota. He attended Federal Way and Stadium High Schools, and cabinetry school at Tacoma Vocational.
He served his apprenticeship at Ted Erichsen's cabinet shop and became a journeyman cabinet maker.
Abner built houses for a living as an independent contractor. During the recession in the 1970s, he also became a journeyman machinist for Boeing. Abner was known for his ability to build anything out of wood or steel. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothea, and their children Sharon O'Neill, Debra Armstrong (Jim,) Ted Jacobsen (Susan), six Grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren, and his sister, Rachel Hervey. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. The Jacobsen's moved to Graham in 1965. Abner belonged to The American Legion Post 0148.
His greatest joy for many years was bringing family and friends to an annual 4th of July picnic. He used his backhoe to place the picnic table under a shaded carport. He loved fishing for salmon and raising a huge garden where the rows he planted were always perfectly straight. A Celebration of Life will be held to honor Abner on Thursday, February 16, at 1 pm in the chapel at Weeks Dryer Mortuary 220 134th St. So. Tacoma, WA 98444. (253) 537-0253
Abner will be given a full military funeral the following day at 9AM at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042.