Perry Jacobs, 60, died September 10, 2021 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Hospital in Boise, Idaho from heart surgery complications. His memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 ~ 2 :00 pm at the Baker City Christian Church on Hwy 7. Friends are invited to join the family for a dinner reception immediately following the service.
Perry Eugene Jacobs was born on January 17, 1961 in Baker, Oregon to Ralph & Hildreth Jacobs. He was raised on the family ranch in Keating with his older brother Curtis, joining the hay crew and helping with the sheep and cattle at an early age. He attended Keating Elementary and graduated from Baker High School in 1979 with many FFA awards in tractor driving and swine showmanship. Perry loved to fly, and went to Mt Hood Community College to earn his private pilot’s license. In June of 1982, he married Corinna Markgraf and they settled on the family ranch in Keating and raised their three children. In an effort to supplement farm income, Perry started and managed a small dairy, did some contract haying, and eventually got his contractor’s license. He worked for Stockade Supply for several years, did some contract work, before hiring on with ODOT working on the Richland crew.
In 1997, Perry & Corinna moved their family to a neighboring property, adjoining the family ranch in Keating. He loved the challenge of farming, raising kids & cattle and being active in the Keating and Baker County communities. He was a volunteer EMT and firefighter for Keating Rural Fire, and an active member in the Baker County Search and Rescue, specializing in rope rescue and the dive team.
Perry retired from ODOT in 2020 to devote his time to ranching and family. He was very proud of each of his kids as they grew up, working in each of their chosen careers, marrying people he liked and giving him grandkids to play with. Perry loved to camp and fish and hunt in the mountains. He loved to sit around the campfire with family and friends – he was great at flipping fish and pancakes as he cooked over the campfire!
Perry is survived by his wife Corinna, son Jason & Kelly Jacobs, daughter Katy & Derral Thomas, daughter Alyssa & Dillon Lohner, mother Hildreth, and brother Curtis and his family. Perry was Papa to six grandchildren, Rylan & Hadley Jacobs, Makenna & Kallee Thomas and Lane & Leah Lohner. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father Ralph, and cousin Beverly.
If desired, donations can be made to Keating Rural Fire Protection District, or Baker County Search and Rescue, or Baker County Livestock Producer’s Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com