Sunday, November 2, 2008

Matthew Lynn Jacobson - Oh, How We LOVE You

Matthew Lynn Jacobson

Matthew Lynn Jacobson of Pine Valley, Utah, peacefully passed away in his sleep on October 30, 2008 from pulmonary and cardiac complications.

Matt was born on April 19, 1956 in Miami, Florida and was raised by loving parents, Martha and Lindsay Jacobson in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended Dixie College in St. George where he was sophomore President, Most Preferred, and involved in Program Bureau, Theatre, and many other activities on campus.

It was at Dixie College where he met the love of his life, Mace Dana Pratt. They were married in the St. George temple on March 14, 1980.

Matt joined the St. George Police Department in 1984 and was always a "to Protect and Serve" kind of officer and never an, "I have a badge and a gun" cop. He was soon promoted to detective and was recruited by the Utah Attorney General's Office in Salt Lake City where he became a lieutenant with the child homicide and abuse division. Matt fought for many a young victim, sacrificing much of his own life while walking the dark paths of child abuse. Matt was honored to receive the Child Advocate of the Year Award from Kane and Washington Counties. He was a member of the Southern Utah Task Force that first created the Children's Justice Centers.

From the moment he was born Matt spent his entire life collecting adventures. He loved golf, skydiving, scuba diving, jeeping, hiking, camping, practical jokes, landscaping, watercolor, egg-carving, and his Harley. Two of his favorite adventures were his California to New York solo Harley ride and landing on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk in an F16.

He held many church callings but his favorite was that of Scout Master. He loved making mischief with the youth. Where else could a young man learn to start a fire with a paper-cup and gasoline?

Matt was born to help others. He had a caring heart almost to a fault and lived to serve. He had a soft spot for children, animals, and the elderly. Prince or pauper, Matt treated everyone the same. He always had a smile on his face and a prank up his sleeve. He felt "humor was the spice of life".

His greatest loves were his family, extended family, and friends. He also had a deep love for Jesus Christ and His teachings of service and love. Matt would most like to be remembered for his humor and kindness.

"Thank you" to all our loved ones who have played such a huge part throughout Matt's life.

He is survived by his wife Mace, Pine Valley, Utah; his children, Matthew James, Pine Valley, Taylor Pratt (Kelli), St. George, Laura Lindsay (Matt Edwards), Salt Lake City, and Colin Peter, Layton, Utah; his brother Kirk Jacobson (Brenda), Las Vegas, Nevada; and his grandchildren, Payson Pratt and Addi Mace Jacobson.

Whenever we see a broken-down yellow tractor or a bucking donkey, we will think of you Matt!


Laura Edwards said...

I love you, Dad.

DJ said...

I am deeply moved by these words about such an amazing man. I had the privilege of having many amazing conversations with Matt, and I will miss him deeply. I adored the ever present twinkle in his eye when he talked or laughed. I just found out today of his passing. I am SO sorry to hear this. My deepest feelings and prayers are with the Jacobson/Pratt families. I love and miss you all. May the comfort and peace from our Lord and Savior be upon you. God be with you all, Love your friend, D.J. Brown

christine.marx07 said...

Mace, I was trying to locate Matt and through divine intervention, I found your blog. I was Matt's partner at the Attorney General's Office but, more importantly, we were friends. I was going through a really rough time in my life when I met Matt and he helped me get through so much of it. I think of him often and am absolutely heartbroken to hear of his passing. I would really love to reconnect with you if you would like to give me a call at your convenience. I enjoyed looking at the pics of your family...everyone is so grown up. I read Matt's obituary and I'm just in shock. Here it is Jan 2 2010 and trying to find an old friend, just to find out he's not here anymore. You can reach me in Draper, Utah at 801-577-1610 (cell phone). I really hope to hear from you.
Much love always,
Chris Godnick-Marx (Sgt. Retired)