David L. Jacobsen

July 13, 1942 - Feb. 28, 2009

David L. Jacobsen, 66, of Watertown, longtime resident of Waukesha, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital of complications from leukemia. David was born July 13, 1942, the son of Anina and the late Lawrence P. Jacobsen. He married Mary Jean Trost on Aug. 19, 1972, in Wauwatosa.

After graduating from Racine Horlick High School, he proudly served for four years in the United States Air Force. In 1968, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in biology and later obtained a masterís degree in education.

In 1968, he commenced his 33-year career at Waukesha South High School, teaching many courses in biology and chemistry, including Advanced Placement courses. For many years, he also taught driverís education courses.

David loved working outdoors and tending to his vegetable garden. He would spend hours preparing the ground, planting, weeding and enjoying the fruits of his labors. He also loved history, had a wonderful memory for trivia and always the chemist, loved brewing beer!

During his retirement, he worked for the American Red Cross, teaching first aid, CPR, AED and instructor-training classes. He also worked at Willow Run Golf Course.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jean (nee Trost); their son, Bill Jacobsen of Marinette; mother, Anina Jacobsen (nee Svendsen) of Racine; sister, Carol Jacobsen of St. Paul, Minn.; a brother- and sister-in-law, Dick and Judie Fjellman of Dubuque, Iowa; nephew and godson, John (Kris) Fjellman and their children, Sean and Sarah of Des Moines, Iowa; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and in-laws, Bill and Mildred Trost of Wauwatosa.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. today, March 3 at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, Highway J and Bluemound Road in Waukesha. Friends may call from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private at Arlington Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Watertown, the Leukemia Society, the American Red Cross or the charity of your choice.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.