In memoriam: Computer programmer Thomas Jacobs dies

Tom Jacobs, an agnostic and husband of FFRF volunteer Judi Jacobs, died June 7 at age 68 in Sun Prairie, Wis.

He was born April 3, 1950, in Clinton, Iowa, to Dick and Merle Jacobs. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1968 and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He served a year-and-a-half as an ambulance driver at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash.

He returned to Iowa State and graduated in 1974 in computer science. On Aug. 18, 1973, he married Judi Kopecky. They had twin daughters in 1978.

They moved to Des Moines, where he worked for the state until they moved to Madison, Wis., in 1976, where he was employed by the state of Wisconsin as a programmer.

Tom then worked for the company which is now known as Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and retired in 2015.

His wife Judi wrote: “He didn’t know if there was an afterlife and wasn’t interested in finding out. He was interested in democracy and social justice.”

He is survived by Judi, two daughters, two grandchildren, and eight siblings and their spouses.