Obituary for Kirk Jacobs
It is with great sadness that the family of Kirk Jacobs announces his sudden passing on March 23, 2019 at the age of 41. Kirk is survived by his wife Stephanie and their children Madeline and Kameron. Kirk was born on April 12, 1977 to Gene and Phyllis Jacobs in Silver City, NM. Kirk’s love of baseball began at the young age of 5 when he started playing t-ball then continued with little league, senior league and high school baseball. Kirk graduated from Silver High School in 1995. He continued his education with Eastern New Mexico University, Dodge City Community College and finished at the University of Mary with his Master’s in Management in 2001.
Kirk was able to pursue his love of playing baseball at the collegiate level all while earning his education. Kirk met his wife Stephanie while attending the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. The couple then moved to Fargo, ND while Stephanie was finishing her doctorate degree at North Dakota State University. Kirk and Stephanie united in marriage on January 3, 2004 and made their first home in Fargo. Kirk joined the Brewers baseball team and earned a team of lifelong friends. He pursued his career with Border States Electric in Fargo until they moved to Arizona in 2005.
Kirk was able to reunite with high school friends and follow his passion of playing baseball by joining Tucson MSBL and ultimately becoming the league President. In 2017, Kirk joined Arizona Sun Sales as an outside Sales Representative where he was currently employed. Kirk’s family and friends will always remember him for his kindness, generosity and competitive spirit. His overwhelming passion for baseball was magnetic. Kirk was an avid all-around sports fan as he truly loved all sports. However, his favorite teams were the Denver Broncos and the New York Yankees. His enthusiasm towards sports has transferred to his children as you can always catch them playing football, baseball or impersonating Giancarlo getting a home run.
Kirk is survived by his wife Stephanie, children Madeline and Kameron, mother (Phyllis Jacobs), mother in-law and father in-law (Robert and Bobbie Shelstad), brother in-law and sister in-law (Allen and Kristen Schimmel), niece (Riley), nephew (Bodee), lifelong best friend (Johnny Ray Flores), and numerous baseball friends that he considered family. He was preceded in death by his father (Gene Jacobs), grandparents (BC and Madeline Jacobs, Phil and Barbara Laws). Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Adair Funeral Homes-Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. Oro Valley, AZ. Reception will be held following the service.
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Added MSBL Founder and President Steve Sigler, “Anytime we lose an MSBL member, it greatly touches me. Especially a league President who was so young, energetic, dedicated and passionate. I was just getting to know Kirk better as we shared weekly texts, conversations and emails not only on league matters but personal, too.
The Tucson MSBL has a three-decade history of success, including thousands of men who once again thrive(d) in adult baseball. MSBL is a fraternity. It is really difficult to write this knowing he had two small children. I share your sadness on his loss.”