David Cal Jacobs,


David Cal Jacobs, Age 73, passed away peacefully at his residence in Ellensburg, WA on Friday, June 21, 2019 with his family by his side. David was the first of his family to be born in California hence his middle name "Cal". He grew up in Glendale, CA later attending UC Santa Barbara and then University of Utah, where he received his PhD. in Geology. He worked as a field geologist for Conoco, Unocal and Chevron, the latter employing him to study the tailings piles at the Questa Mine. A geologist till the end, he proudly described his rock collection to his young grandchildren and was impressed by their interest in his rocks and desire for his knowledge. In June 2018, he began bravely affronting his Glioblastoma diagnosis. In late August 2018, David, and his rock collection, moved from Taos, New Mexico to Ellensburg, WA in order to be be more closely cared for by his daughter, Lauren Penoyar, and to spend time with his grandchildren. The move to Ellensburg was bittersweet. While excited to be close to family, David had been in the Taos community for over a decade and relished in it's bounty. From the stunning Sangre de Cristo views out his back door, to studying the local geology to better understand the acequias, to chatting with his neighbors, and enjoying local musical performances, David was always in awe of the area. His second passion was photography and in more recent years, David became a volunteer photographer for many of the Taos High School sports team. He loved capturing the action, intensity, and progress of THS athletes on film and then gifting them "pictorial renditions" of their games. David was preceded in death by his parents James Floyd Jacobs and Florence Henrietta Helms, and by his sister, Judith Sharon Jacobs. David is survived by his brother Jerry Jacobs, former spouse Mary Jacobs, his daughters Allison Dingler (Jeff), Lauren Penoyar (Tom), and his five grandchildren who meant the world to him, Janelle and Nicolas Dingler and Elsa, Joanna and Russell Penoyar. We feel so fortunate to have found excellent helpers, in Taos and Ellensburg, along our journey. David was profuse with his gratitude and we know he'd like to once again Thank each person who helped him along his way. Memorial contributions in David's honor are suggested to the Taos School of Music, Taos High School, or Taos Feeds Taos. The Steward & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory was entrusted with caring for David's family. Online condolences may be left at


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