Athletics Special Service Award
A fixture in the Big Rapids area running community, Jacobs was a longtime supporter of both the track and field as well as the cross country programs at Ferris State. A retired FSU faculty member, Jacobs worked as a meet official at a countless number of local events. He was a well-known individual throughtout the Big Rapids community due to his involvement in track and field. Jacobs, who worked for many years as a registered track and field meet official at both the high school and collegiate levels, competed collegiately at Eastern Michigan University before graduating in 1953 from the school's College of Education. He served for over 47 years as a cross country and track official starter at both the high school and collegiate levels, which included Ferris State home track and field meets. Jacobs, who was chairman and founder of the CanUSA games, was one of the founders of the local annual Big Rapids Pioneer Track Meet. Jacobs passed away of a heart attack in April of 2003 doing what he loved to do best -- jogging. He's survived by his wife, Joyce, who resides in Big Rapids.