Mark Anton “Tony” Jacobs

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A celebration of the life of Mark Anton “Tony” Jacobs will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Salvation Army in Juneau, with a reception following that service.


Tony Jacobs

Tony passed away peacefully on Dec. 21, 2017, in Medford, Ore., after a lengthy illness, his dear friend and companion Sam Collins by his side. It was six years to the day after his mother died.  

Tony was born June 2, 1952, at Sheldon Jackson hospital to Mark Jacobs Jr. and Adelaide (Bartness) Jacobs and was named Mark after his paternal grandfather and Anton after his maternal grandfather.  He attended Sitka schools from kindergarten on, graduating from Sitka High School in 1970. He then attended NW Bible College in Kirkland, Wash.  

He was from Hít Tlein (Big House) of the Yanyeidí clan of the Taku People, and his Tlingit names were Shálaghéi and Neis’deiw.  He was learning the Tlingit language as a young boy from his grandfather Mark Jacobs Sr., who was Deisheetaan, and retained a good remembrance of it. 

He was a Sentinel “paper boy” even through high school and although some made fun of his choice it provided him with chocolate bars and Coke-in-hand. To “keep up the family tradition,” he joined the U.S. Navy in 1972. Asked if he wanted sea duty or land duty he requested sea duty, and was assigned to and served his entire enlistment at an Army base in Maryland, where he lived close to former Sitka neighbors, the Youngbloods. He made several vacation trips to see his parents’ school teachers from Sheldon Jackson School.

He moved back to Sitka in 1976 and worked at the Alaska Pulp Corp. mill until 1980, when he moved to Seattle. There he met Pam and in 1983 they were married. They had a daughter, Heather Kathleen Jacobs. Tony was extremely proud to become a father. He lived in Washington State until 2009 when he moved to Reno, Nev., and then to Medford, Ore., with his long-time companion Sam.

He loved to sport fish and travel, was an avid cribbage player and liked to play Bingo.

He stayed in Juneau several times in caring for his mother during her final years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and, just like his mom, was caring, gentle and independent in spirit, and a generous soul. He will be missed by all who knew and cared for him. 

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Richard Jacobs and Phillip Jacobs, and sister Karen Mann.

He is survived by his daughter Heather Jacobs and her mother Pam Cronkrite of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; his brother Harold Jacobs of Juneau; aunts Bertha (Jacobs) Karras of Sitka, Karen (Bartness) Scriven of Huntsville, Ala., and uncle Ole Bartness of Juneau.

Nephews John Jacobs and Mark Mann; nieces Michele Moore and Rene Eubanks; and numerous cousins also survive, as well as companion Sam Collins who took care and was with him as he passed. 


Interment of the ashes with brothers Richard and Phillip will take place at a later date in Sitka.