March 29, 1937 - February 27, 2018
D. Lorin Jacobs, local architect, loyal Oregon Duck fan, and lifelong Oregonian, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at his home. He was 80.
Born March 29, 1937 in Medford, Oregon to Donald and Iva Jacobs, Lorin was one of 11 children. He attended Jackson Elementary School and was a 1955 graduate of Medford High. He continued his education at the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1961.
On June 23, 1962 he married Meg Jacobs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford. When he first met Meg, many assumed she was another one of his sisters since her maiden name was Jacobs as well. He was a devoted husband for 56 years, and a loving father to daughter, Molly and son, Greg; and a proud grandfather to grandson, Jordan.
He obtained his architectural license in Oregon, Washington, and California; Lorin became a partner at Afseth, Jacobs, and Schmitz in 1968. Of his many design projects, two of his favorite were the Rogue Valley Country Club and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
In 1966 he was selected as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Ambassador to Japan. He was honored as one of Medford's Outstanding Young Men by the Jaycees in 1966, 1969, and 1971.
His fondness for Medford led him to several years of civil service. In 1967 he ran for City Council and served until 1972 before being elected Mayor of Medford from 1972-1974. Other civic accomplishments included: President of Medford Rotary, Founder of the Medford Arts Commission, President of the League of Oregon Cities in 1974, and National League of Cities Committee for the Environment. He was appointed to three State Land Use Commissions (CIAC, LOAC, LCDC).
Lorin was known for his great sense of humor and quick wit. He was generous with his time but was always jesting beforehand, "There's no such thing as a five-minute job!" He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing golf with family and friends and mentoring young golfers including his grandson, Jordan.
A passionate Duck fan, Lorin and Meg held season tickets to every home football game for many years.
Lorin and Meg loved to travel, they enjoyed several cruises and their yearly getaway to Palm Springs.
Lorin's love of community kept him active as a volunteer at Medford Visitors Center and at Airport Information where he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Southern Oregon.
The White City Dollar Tree will surely miss his weekly visit where he went to get the "good stuff." He so enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle every morning with Meg.
Lorin is survived by his wife, Meg; daughter, Molly (Tom); son, Greg (Jennifer); grandson, Jordan; sisters, Carol, Lois, and Esther; and brother, Don. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ethel, Jessie, Ruth, Donna, Lenny, and Murlene; and his grandson, Jonathan.
Lorin requested that there be no service. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please send it to University of Oregon Scholarship Fund, 1720 E. 13th Avenue Suite 410, Eugene, OR 97403-2253, 888-448-1544.