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Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Tuesday December 14th, 2021

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Wendell Jacob

"DAVIS HAS GONE DARK" would be the headline that was, in an mirthful way, envisioned by Wendell P. Jacob for this occasion. Born in Woodland and raised in Davis, Wendell Jacob passed away peacefully September 29th at the age of 92 at his family home in College Park surrounded by his daughter, daughter in-law, son and his fiancé. A gifted storyteller with a wealth of knowledge, he related tales of shenanigans at Davis High School, early jobs and as a 35mm projectionist at Davis' first Varsity Theatre, where his love of the movies was born. Following his service in the United States Air Force and electronic engineering at RCA, he was a well-respected business owner for the last 45 years.  He was known by many as the "Music Man" as he saved, restored and installed in his home the Moller lobby organ from the Fox Theatre, San Francisco. “Our father went to be with his maker. As the heavens make way for a new soul, may he be welcomed with comfort and the angels' ensemble” – Phillip Jacob Wendell. Jacob was preceded in death by his parents who were one of College Park's first residents in 1929.  He is survived by his partner Patricia Fitzgerald, daughter Cynthia Jacob, son Phillip Jacob, 5 grandchildren and a great grandchild. Services will be held on December 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Joseph’s Indian School at: www.stjo.org  are welcomed.

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Wendell had career success as well as many important family and friend connections and he had many admirers in the theatre organ world as both the steward of the San Francisco Fox organ and as the primary funding source of Bill Coale's thorough bio of legendary theatre organist and Sacramento Valley native, George Wright (1920-1998).Access to Wendell's studio and organ by Sierra Chapter American Theatre Organ Society was never denied and Wendell often had open house gatherings for neighbors and friends. We will miss Wendell Jacob, a man who seemed to live as if the glass was always way more than half full.

Randy Warwick, Sierra Chapter ATOS Dec 11 2021 12:00 AM

I met Wendell only a couple years ago on the street of College Park while walking my dog. By coincidence we got to talking about organs in part because my Great grandfather was the founder of the Schoenstein Organ Factory established San Francisco in 1877. Although Wendell did not know me from Adam, he invited me right then and there in to go in to see and listen to his fabulous organ, and then again he very gratiously let me invite a dozen of my own friends and neighbors over to listen to the organ a month or so later. Clearly a very special person he was...Fred Turkovich

Fred Turkovich Nov 30 2021 12:00 AM

Wendell was generous with his time, his music, and with all things movies. Many happy times spent in his music room, watching him go around the room showing each piece, and demonstrating it's sound. He delighted in saying that though he himself did not play an instrument, he loved the music from each piece of his collection. Wendell never hit a wrong note with friends.

Rebecca Kane Nov 13 2021 12:00 AM

We enjoyed meeting Wendell and hearing that marvelous organ a few years ago when a group of Laurel and Hardy fans were invited to visit. He certainly had an interesting life. Condolences to his family members.

Ted Morley and Bourgi Hoerner Nov 13 2021 12:00 AM

My wife, Katrina, and I will miss living next-door to Wendell. We learned something with every conversation. We very much enjoyed the organ concerts.

Brian K. Tarkington Nov 12 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks for sharing the pipe organ with us. RIP

Jim Nov 12 2021 12:00 AM

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