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Vincil (Vince) Dale Jacobs

May 26, 1936 January 8, 2018
Vincil (Vince) Dale Jacobs
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Vincil (Vince) Dale Jacobs passed away on January 8, 2018 at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, Oregon. Vince died with complications from pneumonia. Vince was born to Hugh and Irma Jacobs on May 26, 1936 in Corvallis, Oregon. He married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean Nalley, on January 22, 1955 in Madras, Oregon. Vince graduated from Crook County High School in Prineville, Oregon in 1954. He worked in the lumber industry in Prineville until 1960 and then he and Norma moved their family to Eugene, Oregon where he attended the University of Oregon. He received his BA and MA in History at the University and moved to Seattle, Washington where he received his PhD in European History.
He accepted a teaching position at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 1967 where he taught for 40 years. While teaching at Linfield, Vince traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia with Linfield’s Study Abroad Program. His last travel class took he and Norma to Australia and New Zealand. He taught at Regents College in London England in 1980. He and Norma flew home one day after the Lockerbie air disaster. All of his East Coast students were aboard the plane that went down the day before. The West Coast students returned safely with Vince and Norma. Vince also taught at Wenzou Teachers College in China in 1990-1994-1999. He enjoyed his experiences in China and published a book titled “Because I’m Chinese.” This book captures the memories of China and the friendships he made while teaching there. He also translated and published a book titled, “Fifty Chinese Fables”.
After retirement from Linfield, Vince taught for three years for the US Navy in the PACE program aboard aircraft carriers. He was aboard the Abraham Lincoln when it was called back to the Gulf for the invasion of Iraq. All non-military personnel where flown back to safety to the States. Vince served on many National Historical committees during his teaching career. He enjoyed teaching and enjoyed long time friendships with his students and Linfield professors and staff. He also said that it was nice to get paid for doing what he loved to do.
Vince enjoyed being with his family and he was always the life of the party at family gatherings. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and his favorite activity was drifting down the Deschutes River with his family and friends. He talked constantly about getting well enough to go fishing again.
Vince was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Irma Jacobs; and his brother K. Paul Jacobs. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his daughter Vicki (Jacobs) Rodriguez; son Martin (Marty) Jacobs; granddaughter Lacrissa (Jacobs) Lopez; grandson, Aaron Rodriguez; and five great granddaughters; Thalia, Zaida, Jozlynn Lopez and Eva and Emry Rodriguez. Vince is also survived by his sisters, Jean Corbitt; Gloria Atteberry; Betty Carey; and Faith Lawrence.
Vince will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Condolences can be sent to
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations could be made to the Linfield College Library in Vince’s memory.

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