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David B Jacobson

August 13, 1928 — February 22, 2017

David Bernard Jacobson, 88, passed peacefully on February 22, 2017. David was born to Ida and Manes Jacobson in Queens, NY. He was a resident of El Dorado Hills for 14 years and of Fair Oaks the last six years. David was a graduate of Queens College in 1949. Drafted as a PFC in January 1951, David served in the Army until to August 1953, where he worked as a clerk for an Army psychiatric facility. After completing his duty David returned to college and received his Master's Degree in English from Stanford University in 1957.

Once discharged from the Army, David began his career as a writer for Sunset Magazine in California. It was when he lived in Palo Alto that he met his wife, Patricia Holcomb. They married in 1963. David adopted Patricia's daughter, Valerie. Later they adopted Melinda (Mantra) and the four moved to Walnut Creek, CA. In 1966 David and Patricia had baby Tamara (Tammy). David began his career as a professor of English in the 60's. He taught English, the works of Shakespeare, Literature and Creative Writing and eventually became head of the English Department at Contra Costa College where he worked for 27 years. David authored "Program for Revision," an English textbook, while on sabbatical in Europe from 1969-70. During his second sabbatical in 1977 he was able to indulge his passion for drama and studied acting in London.

Throughout his life David was the consummate mentor and thespian. He immersed himself in writing, reading, directing and performing in both film and on stage. His favorite roles were Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Ben in "Death of a Salesman," Mordechai Weiss in "A Shayna Maidel," and Worcester in "Henry IV." He also enjoyed being featured in local films and even being an extra in the San Francisco filming of George Lucas' "Howard the Duck." He had many great travel experiences with Patricia, his wife of 50 years, who passed in 2013. During retirement David enjoyed being a theatre critic and writing reviews for Village Life and other Sacramento area papers.

David is survived by his daughter Tamara Eden Solum/Michael Solum of Sarasota, FL; Mantra Plonsey/Dan Plonsey of El Cerrito, CA; his granddaughters Kari and Lilianna Solum of Sarasota, FL; grandsons Eric Anderson of Denver, CO and Cleveland and Mischa Plonsey of El Cerrito, CA. David was predeceased by his parents, Ida and Manes Jacobson and brother, Ralph. He was also predeceased by his eldest daughter, Valerie Anderson of El Dorado Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts in David Jacobson's name can be made to El Dorado Musical Theatre, B Street Theatre in Sacramento or Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. David B. Jacobson will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. He will be receiving full Military Honors. For updated service information you may go to

In Loving Memory of
David Bernard Jacobson
August 13, 1928 – February 22, 2017
Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather
"Goodnight Sweet Prince"
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