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Don Jacobs
November 18, 1924-July 7, 2016


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Don "Bud" Jacobs, "The French Renegade", of Escanaba, MI.

At the age of 35 Don Jacobs had the physique and cut of a finely tuned athlete when he met Champion Log Roller Jim Ogle on the job site. Ogle, an electricain and Jacobs worked for Ma Bell back then. He took to the sport easily and the two men became fast friends and fierce competitors. Jacobs won numerous regional trophy’s and the Master Log Rolling eleven times in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was Vice President of the ILRA from 1965 until 1983 and recipient of the prestigious Russ Ellison Memorial award in 1987. He organized a county wide Log Rolling program in Delta county which ran from 1963 to 1988 were he taught the sport to scores of kids in his hometown of Escanaba, Michigan including World Champions Fred Sayklly, and nine time winner Dan McDonough. Escanaba native Lee Le Captian also learned to Log Roll with Jacobs and is still active on the show business side of the sport today.

Jacobs dedicated many of his adult years to Log Rolling, volunteering endless hours on the docks in Hayward and Gladstone. Michigan and touring on the sport show, fairs and festival circuit sharing his passion for all Lumberjack Sports where ever he traveled. As a "young" man of 59, he participated in the Last Log Drive on the Barrington River in Barrington, Nova Scotia, with his dear friend Phil Scott.

Donald Phillip Jacobs, 91, a United States Marine Corp Veteran of WWII, a strikingly handsome and kind man who loved to kiss the ladies and jump up to click his heels whenever his name was announced on stage or dockside. Don retired from log rolling in 1999 at the age of 75.

Godspeed to an uncommon Gentlemanly Lumberjack."

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Don with Phil Scott and Pat Ogle.(contributed photo)

Don performing at the 1964 New York World's Fair.(contributed photo)

Jim Ogle and Don Jacobs on the winners stand Hayward, WI 1975.(contributed photo)

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