Lamar Gary “Jake” Jacobs died on July 26 from dementia at the age of 73. He resided in Palmetto, Fla., having left Youngstown, his birthplace, in 1987. Lamar was born in 1937 to Lamont B. Jacobs and Mildred Jane Freed. His surviving siblings are his twin brother, Lamont Jacobs, as well as Tad Jacobs, Darla Kent, Candy Spitzer and Wendy Johnston. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Devyn, Dylan and Jacob Chadwell, Joy, Jana and Joshua Hahn, and Presley and Canaan Lamar Jacobs.
Lamar attended Boardman High School and graduated from Ohio University. He signed as a “bonus baby” with the Washington Senators (a.k.a. Minnesota Twins) in 1959. While playing for the Indianapolis Indians, he met his wife, Janice Oliver, a former Miss Indiana. They were married in 1962 and had four children: Jamie Lamar, Jodi Kay, Jason Guy and Justine Marie. After leaving professional baseball, Lamar spent the next 25 years as an insurance salesman for Ohio National Life, where he attained numerous awards and was a repeated member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Lamar was also heavily involved with the Youngstown YMCA. His family resided on New Buffalo Road in Canfield. He was a deacon at Boardman Christian Church and later, a member of Old North Baptist Church in Canfield.
Lamar Jacobs frequently drove around in his classic 1960 Thunderbird passing out his “T-Bird Testimonies”, which spoke of his career as a professional baseball player and, more importantly, his faith. Over the years, Lamar passed out over 6,000 copies and can be found online at www.TailFinsandChrome.com.
A big supporter and trainer for Sports World Ministries, Lamar dedicated much of his time to his church and the well-being of young people. Lamar chose to work with ACH of America up until his final days.
The family asks that in lieu flowers, tributes be sent to www.sportsworld.org.
A celebration of life/memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Road, Canfield.