Ben L. Jacobs died on July 31, 2012, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 77 years of age. Benny is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the family home; son, David Wiley of Albuquerque, N.M..; sister, Darlene McCaw of Aberdeen; brother, Alan Jacobs of Olympia; and numerous grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Benny was born on April 19, 1935 in Aberdeen, to Ben and Dorothy Jacobs (both deceased). He graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in 1953 and attended Grays Harbor Junior College. After high school, he married JoJean Maynard. They had two children, John and Gina. They divorced. The children were later adopted by JoJean’s second husband.
Benny was one of the greatest athletes in Aberdeen High School history. He earned many letters in football, basketball and baseball. After the 1952 season, he was named to the All-State football team. That season he was also nominated by his football coach, Norm Newman, for the High School All-American team. He was named to the All-50s team prior to the 100th Aberdeen-Hoquiam game.
After time in the military, Benny settled in Las Vegas, living at first with his grandmother, Agnes Murie (deceased). He worked in various casinos on the Strip as a blackjack and roulette dealer. He met Barbara Wiley in Las Vegas and they were eventually married for 40+ years.
Benny was cremated in Las Vegas, but will be buried at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen. His final wish was to come home.
His ashes will be buried in a private family service. A memorial service is being planned.