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Former Twins player Jake Jacobs passes away at 73

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  • Former Twins player Jake Jacobs passes away at 73

    PALMETTO, FLA. – Lamar Gary “Jake” Jacobs, 73, died on July 26, from Dementia.

    He resided in Palmetto, leaving his birthplace, Youngstown, in 1987. Lamar was born in 1937, and his parents, were Lamont B. Jacobs and Mildred Jane Freed. His surviving siblings are, his twin brother, Lamont Jacobs, Tad Jacobs, Darla Kent, Candy Spitzer and Wendy Johnston.

    Lamar attended Boardman High School and graduated from Ohio University. He signed “Bonus Baby” with the Washington Senators “aka Minnesota Twins” in 1959. While playing for the Indianapolis Indians he met his wife, former Miss Indiana, Janice Oliver. They were married in 1962 and had four children, Jamie Lamar, Jodi Kay, Jason Guy and Justine Marie.

    After leaving professional baseball, Lamar spent the next 25 years, as an Insurance Salesman for Ohio National Life and attained numerous awards such as a repeated member of the, “Million Dollar Round Table.” Lamar was also heavily involved with the YMCA in Youngstown. His family resided at 9711 New Buffalo Road in Canfield and was a member of the Old North Baptist Church and prior to that a Deacon at the Boardman Christian Church.

    Lamar Jacobs always was passing out his “T Bird Testimonies,” while driving his classic 1960 Thunderbird, that spoke of his career as a professional baseball player and more importantly, his faith over the years. Lamar passed out over 6,000 of these testimonies out and can be found on the website, Being a big supporter and trainer for Sports World Ministries,Lamar dedicated much of his time to his church and the well being of our youth in America.

    Lamar chose to work with ACH of America up until his final days. The family asks for no flowers to be sent, however any tributes should be sent to

    Lamar is survived by eight grandchildren, Devyn, Dylan and Jacob Chadwell, Joy, Jana and Joshua Hahn and Presley and Canaan Lamar Jacobs.

    A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Sept. 5, 2010, at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception after the service at the Old North Church of Canfield, 7105 Herbert Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

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