Clarence Keith Jacobson, 89, of Snowflake passed away peacefully, Sunday Oct. 15, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, as a result from suffering a massive stroke two days earlier.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Silver Creek Mortuary, located at 745 Paper Mill Road in Taylor, with a graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. the next day, Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Mike Ramsey Memorial Cemetery, located at 390 S. 4th Street West in Snowflake.
Born Sept. 18, 1928, in Santaquin, Utah, Keith was the son of Carlos Nels Jacobson and Mabel Elizabeth Houghton. He married the love his life, Shirley Jean Ridgley on July 10, 1947.
Keith is survived by one brother and five children, Mike Jacobson of San Diego, Calif., Susan (Donald) Camacho of Snowflake, Greg (Jake) Randa Jacobson of West Union, Ohio, Bruce (Cheryl) Jacobson of Pleasant View, Utah, and Lisa (Rick) Gibson, of Taylor; as well as, five children, 16 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his lifelong sweetheart of 65 years, his mother and father, three sisters, two brothers and a great granddaughter.
He had many interests in life, including a love of watching and participating in sports. He was an accomplished fastball softball pitcher and probably pitched 1,000 games over a career spanning 40 years, and pitched his last game at the age of 64. He also loved boxing and had several amateur fights and as a professional once, fighting Lamar Clark who fought Muhammad Ali a few years later.
He loved everything to do with the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, camping and traveling with his wife in their fifth wheeler. After retiring, they traveled many places in the west and spent many winters in Mesa, and St. George, Utah, before moving permanently to Snowflake in 1997.
Keith worked for U.S. Steel for 35 years, starting as a janitor in 1949, and at retirement was a supervisor in the rolling mill.
He was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and as a couple he and Shirley served at the Family History Mission in Snowflake.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.