William Lehr Jacobs

April 18, 1937October 9, 2020

William Jacobs (Bill), 83, of San Jose, CA passed away on October 9, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at a future time and date (to be determined). William was born in Nampa, ID on April 18, 1937. He graduated from Lincoln High School and continued on to receive a Master’s Degree from The University of Washington.

William was married to Julie on April 14, 1990 on top of a hill in back of Evergreen Valley College; they were married 30 years, and were together for 38 years.

William worked as a Professor of English for Evergreen Valley College for 50 years. He loved wood working and the flowers in his garden. He served as the Evergreen Valley College President of the Academic Senate for a number of years until he was elected to the California Community College Academic Senate Executive Committee. After retirement he was elected as President of the Retirement Union.

Before retirement he estimated that he taught between 11,000 and 12,000 students.

William is survived by his spouse Julie, great-grandchild Oliver, grandchildren: Jordan, Alyssa, Zachary, Miranda, Miles, Jude, Matthew, William and Jacob, his sister Fran, his children, Julian, Royal, Reesa, Patti, Renee, Sherrie, and by his great friends Walter Soellner and Pat Ferraro.

William is preceded in death by Colonel Royal Jacobs and his mother Irene Jacobs.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Nicholas Goodwin

October 15, 2020

Oh, Bill, saintly soul, skiiing down the slopes of some Heavenly powder snow,
rest assured that wherever you may go,
across galaxies and eons in the dimensions of our ghosts,
words will never fail, you did right--
for in the tapered candle evenings,
in the LEDs that glare into the pupils of our eyes,
we will form the words anew
and revivify, revivify--
and in the written word, all that's wrong's recorded right.

Rest in power, brother <3

Sylvia Rucker

October 13, 2020

Sylvia and Rudy Rucker hold dear many happy memories of a good friend and colleague, and send hearfelt condolences to Julie and the whole family.


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