Carl Watts Jacobson
August 5, 1929 - December 27, 2020
A life of service has ended. Carl Watts Jacobson was born August 5, 1929 in Astoria, Oregon. He died peacefully on December 27, 2020 in Salem.
He was the first of four sons of Arvid Jacobson & Rose Watts Jacobson. Surviving brothers are: A Trevor (Laura), Salem, Walter L, Eugene, and Edward P (Sandy) in Pierre, SD. He will be missed greatly by his nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Astoria High School (1947) and Oregon State College (1952) majoring in Industrial Engineering. Summer employment in the fishing industry (CRPA) paid for college.
He returned to Astoria and worked for the US Navy until 1962 when he moved to Seattle to join Boeing in staff planning. In 1971 he moved to Salem as an OSHA Research Analyst for Workers Compensation Department; retiring in 1992 due to failing vision.
Never married, Carl’s interest focused on improving his communities. In Astoria he joined the Jaycees, serving as secretary, president and became an Oregon Jaycee I Senator. He was editor of the Astoria JC Bulletin which won first place nationally for JC Clubs. He was a key to the JC’s building of a replica of Lewis & Clark’s 1805 – 1806 Fort Clatsop. It became a National Memorial in 1958 and in 2004 became the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park.
In Salem, he joined the Salem Downtown Lions Club. He served as Secretary and President and as Secretary Treasurer of the Salem Area Council of Lions. He was the editor of the club’s weekly publication for years. Carl was honored by the club with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for outstanding contributions.
Years later, he was quoted in the Statesman Journal answering a question about a life turning point. He said: “at college, getting involved in a fraternity (Phi Kappa Tau) and later in Jaycees, getting into group and community activities.”
He enjoyed traveling. His last overseas trip was to Egypt in 2006. His most favorite trip was shorter, showing friends Astoria’s history and landmarks – also his favorite conversation topic.
There will be no service. Carl would be honored by your contributions to your community.
He was well served in his last years by the great people at Regency Woodland. The family thanks them all.
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