James A. Jacobsen
April 13, 1978 — Dec. 23, 2017

James A. Jacobsen, aka Coach Jim, called the final play in his drive against cancer on December 23, 2017. He was at peace, holding his mother’s hand.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Jacobsen.

He was the caring son of Larry and Mary Pat “Patty” Compton, and loving brother and friend of Michael (DeAnne) Jacobsen, Stephanie Compton and Adam (Allison) Compton. He is further survived by nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

Jim was a beloved teacher and coach for 21 years at Brookfield East and Sussex Hamilton high schools. In 2016, Jim helped coach the Brookfield East Spartans to their historic win of the Wisconsin State Football Championship – Division 2. His family and friends were there to support the team’s run. It was the first state football championship in the school’s history.

As a lasting symbol to honor his life’s passion for coaching, his peers at the WFCA (Wisconsin Football Coaches Association) named Jim the Assistant Coach of the Year for 2017.

As he dealt with cancer treatment including clinical trials, Jim said, “I had my miracle last fall. We won state.”

Special thanks to Stuart Wong, MD, Susan Tsai, MD, and their teams at Froedtert Memorial Hospital for their professionalism, superior clinical skill, technical expertise and compassionate guidance.

Appreciation extended to the Horizon Hospice team.

Deepest gratitude to students, colleagues and coworkers at Brookfield East and Sussex Hamilton as well as special friends from Carroll University for their enduring and supportive friendship and comforting presence.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 2, at Brookfield East High School Field House, 3305 Lilly Road. The memorial program begins at 6:30 p.m. with reception to follow. All are welcome. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled on Wednesday, January 3, at Old St. Mary Catholic Church, 844 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.

Family will receive guests at the church from 8 a.m. until Mass begins at 10 a.m. Private Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park.

Donations to James A. Jacobsen Memorial Fund c/o National Exchange Bank & Trust, W239-N1700 Busse Road, Waukesha, WI 53188-1160.

Suminski Weiss LifeStory Funeral Home, 414-2765122, is serving the family.

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