Mr. David Allen Jacobs of Ponca City went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2019. He was 77 years old. He was born on August 15, 1941 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to Victor and Sylvia (Ham) Jacobs. Dave attended Ponca City Schools, graduating in 1959. After graduation he enrolled at the Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas where he completed one year of undergraduate studies. He then transferred to Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma to complete another year of studies. In 1961, he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where completed his undergraduate work. Dave received his Bachelor of Arts degree from OU in 1963. From 1963 until 1966 he attended OU Law School where he earned his Doctorate of Juris Prudence.
Dave was a lucky man. He married the love of his life, EvaLee (Ebby) Ham on September 1, 1962 and they were happily married until his death. On September 16, 1967 the couple welcomed a baby boy into their lives. Nathan was the pride and joy of Dave’s life.
Dave joined the U.S. Navy in 1966. He attended Officer Candidate School and communications school in Newport, RI and was commissioned as an officer there. Dave was assigned to the USS Forrestal and served in the Bay of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He was stationed on the USS Forrestal when she caught fire on July 29, 1967. After the tragedy, he was reassigned to Taiwan as a MSTS officer where he served for two years. Dave was discharged from the Navy in Oakland, California and returned to Oklahoma. He remained in the Navy Reserves until retirement in 1995 obtaining a rank of Lieutenant Commander LCDR.
From 1970-1975 the family lived in Lawton, Oklahoma where Dave worked as an assistant District Attorney for Commanche County. In 1975 they returned home to Ponca City. Dave opened a private practice of law here with Marland Johnson and worked as a public defender. In October of 1975, Dave began working for the Kay County District Attorney’s Office on a part-time basis. Then, from 1980 until his retirement on October 1, 1995 he was employed there full time.
His hobbies included hunting, golf, traveling and “dates with Nora”
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and sister Judy Lawson.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Ebby of the home, son Nate C Jacobs and wife Nora of Ponca City, three grandsons; Sean and wife Rachel West, Jeffery Winkler, and Timothy Winkler, four great grandchildren; Sara West, Brock West, Marshall Winkler, and Jennifer and husband Carson Combest, and one sister Nancy McEnany.
A Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Community Christian Church of Ponca City. The minister Marilyn Merle will officiate.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to the National Kidney Foundation at6405 Metcalf Ave Suite 204, Overland, Kansas 66202. Guests may leave condolences at www.gracememorialchapel.net
Work prevents me from attending the services so I thought I would share this memory. When I was an officer, Dave was the prosecutor on several of my cases. During the investigative stage he gave excellent advice. If there was a way to accomplish something within the law he knew how to go about it. Get to close to the edge and he could pull hard on the reins to keep a guy from crossing the line. I have very distinct memories of him from our jury trials together. I can see him clearly as he rose from the table to deliver his closing arguments. He took extensive notes during the case and it was not unusual for him to fill a legal pad over the course of a day. Any way when it came time to offer his closing argument he would rise from the table In his 3 piece suit and carry his legal pad to the podium. He would very deliberately lay his pad on the podium and then reposition the podium to his satisfaction, lift one of his feet onto the base of the podium, hook a hand onto the lapel of his vest, scan the jurors from left to right, making eye contact with each and then begin his argument with “Ladies and Gentlemen”. He would then meticulously lay out his argument. He wasn’t an emotional or flashy orator, but by golly he was thorough and meticulous in his delivery. Dave had a significant impact on my career, and I consider myself lucky to have known him.
E. B. Van ArsdalePonca City, OK
So saddened to hear of your husbands passing. You did an amazing job of caring for him. Praying for you. Love you!
Brenda WaterlooPonca City, OK
Dear Ebby and Nate,
I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dave. I know he was a truly great, accomplished, and unique person who did so much for so many of us. Time won't allow all the memories of our times together in Ponca City which have come flooding into my mind since hearing of his passing. We the Jackson family send our deepest condolences in your time of loss and want you and your family to know you are in our hearts and prayers. May God comfort you and give you His peace.
David JacksonSand Springs, OK
So sorry for your loss. Will keep your family in my prayers
Shawanna HainsPonca city, OK
I was fortunate to know this man well...he taught me a lot.
Rick LoganPonca City, OK
My deepest sympathy to and your family. My God comfort you and strengthen you.
Tammy KendlePonca CityM, OK
Thinking of you and family. Dave will be missed at our get togethers.
Cheryl KnowltonPonca City, OK