Donald E. Jacobs
Feb. 4, 1927 – Feb. 28, 2014
Don Jacobs, of Waukesha passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Masonic Center for Health & Rehab in Dousman at the age of 87 years. Don was born in Madison on Feb. 4, 1927, the son of William and Helen (Steckman) Jacobs. He was a 1945 graduate of Madison East High School. Don served his country in the Merchant Marines in 1945. On August 26, 1950, in Madison, Don was united in marriage to Jeanne Valtierra. The family moved to Waukesha in 1969, where he established the Don Jacobs Buick Dealership. He continued to acquire several more franchises until his retirement in the early 2000s, with the remaining franchise being Don Jacobs Toyota of Milwaukee. He received numerous dealership awards through the years and in 1999 received the Wisconsin Time Dealer of the Year Award. Don had been a very active member at Merrill Hills Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, ADAMM and WATDA. He and Jeanne enjoyed traveling especially to Door County and spending their winters at their second home in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Surviving is his loving wife, Jeanne; children, Patty Jacobs-Valtierra of Madison, Karen (Tom) McHugh of Waukesha, David Jacobs of Oconomowoc and Steve (Angela) Jacobs of New Berlin; four grandchildren, Emily A. and Rebecca L. McHugh and Molly V. and Max R. Jacobs; and one brother, Walter Jacobs of Illinois. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donny Jacobs; two brothers, William and Thomas; and by two sisters, Georgene and Gloria.
The visitation for Don Jacobs will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 2:00 p.m. until the 6:00 p.m. funeral service at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The committal service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, S22-W22890 E. Broadway, Waukesha (please meet at the cemetery chapel).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Don may be given to the American Diabetes Association of Wisconsin, 375 Bishops Way, Suite 220, Brookfield, WI 53005. Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.