Don Jacobs

Donald Hugh Jacobs, 91, slipped peacefully away on Jan. 8, 2021 of causes incident to age. He was born on April 22, 1929 in Burley, Idaho to Hugh and Ella Jacobs. He was productive and independent right up to the end.
Don lived life on his own terms. He enjoyed entertaining others on the piano, organ and accordion and played by ear. He designed and built many homes in the Salt Lake City area before relocating his young family to a farm in Kanab in the early 1970s where he managed Barco. He later developed and built Red Shadow Estates, and lived and built homes in St. George and Orderville. Don was always on the go, doing projects, driving classic cars, going on day trips, and visiting with everyone he met along the way. He spent the last few years enduring the loneliness and trying to fill the void caused by the passing of his wife. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Don was preceeded in death by his parents, his daughter Carolyn, his siblings, and his beloved wife Ruth Elaine. He is survived by his children Lynette (Bret) Lamb, Douglas (Carol Lee), Dianne (Doug) Gilbert, Sara (Steve) Mower, and Dale (M’Liss) along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren who adored him.
His life will be celebrated privately by his family on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Due to COVID 19 Restrictions, no public viewing will be held. He will be buried next to his wife in the Kanab City Cemetery. Thanks to all who have loved him, listened to his ideas and opinions, laughed at his jokes, kept an eye on him, and been patient and kind. He will be missed. Condolences can be posted to the obituary for Don at



  1. Larry Rose January 12, 2021 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Don was a real character. I really enjoyed his friendship over the years. Rest In Peace trusted friend.

  2. Judy Lee January 12, 2021 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Unforgettable! Don was amazing. He was a good man, and he was undaunted in standing up for what mattered most to him. Love and prayers to his family.

  3. Leslie Chamberlain January 12, 2021 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I’m really going to miss seeing Don in church. He always called me “young lady.” He was one of a kind but one always knew of his abiding testimony of his Savior. Although I’m happy he’s with Ruth again we will all miss him.

  4. Gary Prince January 13, 2021 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Don was one fantastic person. He was one of the first friends I made whenI moves to Kanab.

  5. Linda Chatterley January 13, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    My favorite memory of Don will always be him driving a few of us women to the Cedar City Temple. He was so gracious that day & helped me complete lots of sealings! He had such interesting stories & was such a gentleman! He will be greatly missed. ❤❤❤

  6. Steve & Fran Medrano January 13, 2021 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Don was a talented musician, a jovial person and friend to all. He and Ruth helped us to feel welcome when we moved into the ward as well as saying a friendly hello when we saw around town. We will miss seeing him, but the memories will remain vivid. Thank you, Don

    • Mae March 7, 2021 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      I just saw that he had passed away . I hadn’t heard. Don was a great guy. I had known him since I was a teenager. I always enjoyed visiting with him and his wife before her passing. I lady saw Don a few months ago, he was full of life, laughter,and love. He will be missed by many

  7. Julie Brown January 14, 2021 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Don seemed so spry at 91, it is surprising to hear of his passing. He was always friendly and fun to talk to. Rest in peace, Brother Jacobs. Condolences to his family.

  8. Ed Browning January 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    We were blessed to hear Brother Don’s last testimony the Sunday before he passed. We will miss his unique way of playing the piano for prelude music for Priesthood meeting. What a joyful reunion for he and Sister Ruth.

  9. Kenneth J Cox February 3, 2021 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Jacobs Family,
    Sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of my friendship with you all. Don and Ruth would come to Scholzen’s where I worked and buy supplies for a project and we would visit and share news of our lives. Thank you for your friendship all these years. I pray that God will comfort you in your loss.

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