Roy "Jake" Jacobsen, 68, of Clarendon passed away Monday, March
4, 2013 at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Jake was born in
Lakewood, NJ, Feb. 27, 1945 to Roy and Mary (Landis) Jacobsen. In
Jake's early years he studied theology at Kings College in
Briarcliff Manor, NY. In 1968, he met the love of his life, Marilyn
and spent the next 43 years of his life with her.
Jake served our nation proudly as an Air Commando in the United
States Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Upon returning home, Jake and his good friend Don Bodette,
founded the first chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. The goal
of the chapter was to provide services, programs and a sense of
camaraderie amongst veterans. This successful endeavor served as a
model to establish the nationwide program that continues to benefit
Jake is survived by his wife Marilyn (Chapman) Jacobsen of
Clarendon; son Kyle R. Jacobsen and his wife Natalynn of North
Windham, CT; son Brian R. Jacobsen and his wife Erin of Dover, NH;
and daughter Janine J. Lemieux and her husband Mark of Rutland, Vt.
Jake had a great love of family and especially enjoyed time with
his four grandchildren Morgan, Ryan, Kelsey and Jacob. Jake taught
all who knew him to live a life of compassion, faithfulness and
honor. He held a strong faith of life-everlasting with the Lord and
was a disciple to all who knew him. Jake truly never met a
stranger; there was not a person in the room Jake would not meet,
learn their life story and have them leave feeling better about
themselves. Jake was the man that friends sought for a willing ear
and honest, heartfelt advice.
The family welcomes all who knew him to celebrate Jake's life at
1 p.m. March 24, 2013 at the new Armed Forces Reserved Training
Center 2143 Post Road Rutland, Vt. 05701
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded
Warriors Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675