May 5, 1961-January 6, 2024
Make sure you do at least one fun thing and take care of the ones you love every day! That was the mantra Kurt Jacobsen lived his life by. Kurt passed away on January 6, 2024, at the age of 62 after a heroic battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and friends.
Kurt graduated from Bernardsville High School in New Jersey and went on to complete a degree in Agricultural Business (and partying) from the University of Arizona.
After graduation he moved to the Bay Area, where he began his career in agriculture, eventually moving to Pescadero to start his own organic berry farm. He then relocated to La Honda to raise the kids and formed a strong and lasting bond with friends that holds to this day. Kurt joined the Jacobs Farm/del Cabo team heading up the Jacobs Farm organic culinary herb division for 15 years. After Jacobs Farm/ del Cabo he was part of the organic team for Driscoll’s, driving change and investments in their organic production.
Kurt and his wife Amy met at Jacobs Farm and were wed in 2002 and then relocated to Ridgway, Colorado, in 2015, where he consulted for Patty’s Herbs in Texas. In September of 2023 they moved to Pescadero, California, to be close to family and friends.
Kurt never missed an opportunity to bring joy to whatever he was doing, whether it be his chosen profession of managing organic production or any of his many avocations. He loved to “swat the pill” (golf) and was reaching the apex of his game when his untimely illness struck, but he had all his golfing pals laughing with hilarious one liners and never lost his passion for the game. The same can be said of all his outdoor adventures, whether it be backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking or fly fishing. You name it, he probably tried it and left everyone around him chuckling, whether he was succeeding or not. Following these adventures there would be an evening of great food, libations and a collage of music. Kurt absolutely thrived in the live music scene, dancing, gyrating and doing his signature “eagle” dance.
He was also a kind and thoughtful person and was always thinking of others — a true gem. The evidence of a life well-lived can be found in those who love you and Kurt was beloved by his family and a large circle of friends. Kurt’s friendships meant the world to him and were formed through a sense of fun and a spirit of generosity. The depth of his friendships could be seen during the three years he battled cancer when his amazing friends came from near and far to support him and his family.
His wife Amy was the love of his life, sharing his love of fun, music and outdoor adventures. He adored his daughter Nina and son Miles, and was thrilled to see the birth of his namesake grandson. And Kurt had no stronger bond than that which he had with his brothers Ken and Steve. Throughout their lives they shared a love of golf, fly fishing, music and each other. Kurt is remembered for his kindness, generosity, his easy laugh and his joyous love of life.
A celebration of his life will be planned in Pescadero, California, in the future.
He is survived by his wife Amy, daughter Nina, son Miles, grandson Kurt, brothers Ken and Stephen and sister Sherry.