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OBITUARIES: Jack Jacobson and TV Jones

Cattle and Beef Industry News
Apr 21, 2017
by WLJ

John “Jack” Jacobson; 1910-2017

John "Jack" Jacobson

John “Jack” Jacobson, a resident of Point Clear, AL, died on April 13, 2017.

Jacobson was a pioneer in the meat packing industry and opened National Beef in Liberal, KS, in 1968. For the past four years, he has been actively working with Dr. Barry Booth at veteran’s events, especially talking with school children about World War II. To him “every day is another day to be of service.”

Born on Oct. 29, 1910 in Worcester, MA, the sixth of eight children born to Lena (Hiatt) and Max Jacobson, he began working at the family business from an early age.

He attended Worcester public schools and Boston University, where he was in the ROTC. In 1940, he enlisted in the Army and went to Camp Lee, Petersburg, VA, where he married Georgia Schwanda in 1942.

In 1944 he was sent to England to prepare for the invasion of France, and spent the next two years as quartermaster to Gen. George Patton in France and Germany. He remained in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1946- 1953.

He and Georgia moved to Massachusetts in 1946, where he rejoined the family company. In 1962, they moved to Kansas City, MO, to close a family owned packing plant; instead he expanded it, moving the company to Liberal.

Jacobson was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of National Beef and Chairman of the Board of Idle Wild Foods Inc. He was an innovator and outstanding leader in the meat packing industry.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Meat Institute, cofounder and board member of the Meat Importers Council of America, and in 1983 was elected as a lifetime board member. Under his leadership, Idle Wild Foods became a Fortune 500 company.

He served as Vice President and Director of the Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry for six years, Chairman of the United Fund and Red Cross, and on the Board of Trustees of Southwest Medical Center in Liberal.

He was an active member of the Rotary Club for many years.

In 1986, he retired, moved to Florida and became an avid golfer, spending winters in Cocoa Beach and summers at their home in Auburn, MA. In 1999, he and Georgia moved to Point Clear, AL, where he played golf with the Mulligan Group at Lakewood until he was 101.

Jacobson was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia; and son-in-law, Richard Casey. He is survived by his son, John (Trudy) Jacobson; his daughter, Barbara Casey; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Joseph (Ginny) Schwanda; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held April 18 at the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery at Spanish Fort, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your favorite veteran’s organization, or to programs that promote education, mentoring and leadership in the community.


T.V. Jones; 1936-2017

T.V. Jones

Thomas Vernon—“T.V.” or “Tommy”—Jones, 80, of Cheyenne passed on April 17, 2017. He was born Oct. 5, 1936 in Crawford, NE, to Vernon and Doris Jones. He was raised on the family ranch north of Henry, NE, on Sheep Creek in the Hereford business and attended country school until high school and graduated from Torrington High School in 1954. He attended the University of Wyoming for two years and then moved to California and became a DJ on KCBQ in San Diego.

Jones returned to the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1956. He then worked for the Wyoming Stockman Farmer until he went to work for Harry Green at the Record Stockman in Denver as a fieldman.

Jones met April Belecky in 1961 when he was announcing the chuck wagon races. They were married in 1962.

Jones was a joint owner of the Thomas & Jones Sales Management for cattle sales with Ted Thomas. He was a PRCA Gold Card Member, a Shriner and a Mason. He also was a member of the Heels. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Ministry Church, a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Cowboy Joe Club at the University of Wyoming and the Alumni Association at the University of Wyoming.

He was a world traveler and a great storyteller. He never forgot a name or a face and he never met a stranger. He traveled all over the United States for cattle sales. He enjoyed the outdoors and liked hunting but loved fishing.

Jones was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Codi Lee Bocanegra. He is survived by April, his wife of 54 years; son Cotton (Kris) Jones; granddaughters Lyndsay and Brandi; great-granddaughter Aubrianna; step-grandsons Scott Beville and Trey Stetter; and brothers Jon (Janet) and Barry (Sharon).

Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at the Old West Museum Wednesday April 26 at 12:30 p.m. His friends are invited to come with stories to share. Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City, UT, Cheyenne Frontier Days Scholarship Fund, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, St. Andrews Ministry Church, Cheyenne, or do something nice for somebody.

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