Robert D. Jacobson

Former Durango resident Robert D. Jacobson died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at his home in Traverse City, Mich. He was two weeks shy of his 89th birthday.

Known as “Bob,” he was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Evanston, Ill., to Tom and Margarite (Brewer) Jacobson. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich.

His family credits Mr. Jacobson’s passion for the West for the family’s move to Durango. He married Alice in 1949 in Detroit, and they had several life adventures together, including owning Wilderness Trails Guest Ranch, selling real estate and owning a Navajo trading post in New Mexico. In the mid-1960s, he was head instructor at the Purgatory ski school and an examiner for the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Mr. Jacobson retired to Traverse City in the 1990s but returned to Durango every winter to teach skiing.

He was a member of the coffee club that meets at the Strater Hotel every morning.

Mr. Jacobson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice Jacobson of Traverse City; daughter, Jules “Julie” Terry; son, Eric Jacobson; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and numerous extended family members.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer at Crystal Lake, Mich.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Adaptive Sports Association, P.O. Box 1884, Durango, CO 81302.