September 17, 1953 – September 18, 2020
Paul Leroy Jacobs Jr, known to most as Skip, passed away September 18, 2020 with his family by his side after a quick but courageous battle with leukemia. Skip was born on September 17, 1953 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to Paul Jacobs Sr. and Helen Grove Jacobs. Job opportunities brought the family to Texas in the spring of 1965. Skip graduated from Friendswood High School in 1971, the first class to graduate from the new high school. He went on to receive his bachelor's in communications from the University of Houston in 1978.
A need for a summer job combined with a servant heart for our youth brought Skip to serve as a counselor at Camp Manison, located in Friendswood, the summer of 1976. As counselors were arriving, a young woman casually mentioned how it took her 3 days to drive to the camp from her home in New Jersey. To which Skip replied it only took him 5 minutes. His quick wit and handsome looks are what enabled him to marry that young woman. The laughter for those two never stopped for their entire 42 years of marriage. Skip truly was a jokester and was keeping everyone on their toes until the very end.
Skip's profession in finance took him from working in downtown Houston, to the University of Houston main campus and finally locally in Pearland. Skip retired from the corporate world and took on a role no one saw coming … "manny". This new role as male nanny allowed Skip to get paid to take care of 2 of his 7 grandchildren during the day. Lovingly called "Boompa" by his 7 grandchildren, Skip was a man who never wanted a silly grandpa name. That is until his first grandchild uttered "Boompa" in place of grandpa and it stuck. Variations of the name even formed as he was referred to as "the Boomps".
Skip's decades in the city of Friendswood saw him take pride in the Mustangs. He would often attend playoff games and even joked with his sons in law about how Friendswood was a "real school", not like the ones they attended. His 3 children are twelve-year graduates of Friendswood ISD and his son proudly serves as a Friendswood police officer. In fact, it was his son who was the first officer on the scene to assist Skip when the ambulance was called the last time.
Skip has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pearland since the early 80's where he served in many areas. He assisted with church finances, led the youth group for decades, served as an elder of the church for numerous terms, and although we are biased, he was the best liturgist around.
Skip is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Holly Quinton Jacobs, his 3 children, Heather (Jacobs) Mansfield and her husband Brian of Pearland, TX, Ashley (Jacobs) Wells and her husband Travis of Henderson, TX and Carson Jacobs of League City, TX, his two younger brothers, Keith Jacobs of Garland, TX and Chuck Jacobs of Friendswood, TX and the official Boomps of his 7 grandchildren: Owen, Lillian, Brynn, Deason, Levi, Daxon and Morgan.
Skip held a lot of titles in his 67 short years on earth: son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandpa but his most important was always child of God, loved and forgiven by our Savior Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Pearland, Texas. The family requests that donations be given with a joke, as Skip was always keeping us laughing. Now he laughs with Jesus, we should all be so lucky.