Denton W. Jakobitz
Denton Wayne Jakobitz
January 15, 1944 ~ May 16, 2018
Denton Wayne Jakobitz, 74, took his last flight to Heaven on May 16th, 2018 with family by his side after a 38 day battle with pneumonia and complications that arose due to Parkinson’s. He was born to Florence and Harley Jakobitz on January 15th, 1944 in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota.
Denton was the youngest of three children and grew up on a large farm with his brother Rollie (Rolland) and sister Sharon. He gave his life to Jesus as a child and lived his life in service to the Lord.
After graduating from Buffalo Lake High School, he attended college at the University of Minnesota, transferring to Northwest Nazarene College (now NNU) in Boise, Idaho, where he graduated with a BA degree in Business Administration in 1968. While at NNC, Denton met Diane and they became college sweethearts. They were married in Eugene, Oregon on December 29, 1967.
Denton went on to serve in the United States Army for 2.5 years, starting in Officers Candidate School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma which led to his service in Korea. In 1971, he was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant of the US Army.
Life led the young family back to Minnesota after his Army service, farming for a year on his family’s homestead followed by a year in Bloomington working for Capp Homes. In 1974, with a relocation offer from Capp Homes, they made the permanent move out West to Redmond, Washington where they raised their three children, Kristina, Kurtis and Jonathan.
Denton worked as a Loan Officer for Capp Homes and Seafirst Bank, as a Dispatch Operator for Graebel Moving Company, and finally as Project Manager for CBRE. His eye for detail and his easygoing personality made him a favorite Supervisor for many projects at Microsoft with CBRE. He retired from CBRE in August of 2016.
Denton loved sports. He played basketball on the High School team, on the JV college team and also on the Bellevue City League. He enjoyed following the Seattle Sonics, Mariners and Seahawks teams, attending many games with his children and grandchildren.
Denton’s deep faith in Christ radiated in his involvement in Bible study groups, prayer circles and his daily devotion. He served as a parking attendant for years at Overlake Christian Church. In 1988, Denton and Diane went to China with Nora Lam to smuggle Bibles to an underground church. In 1996, they took a trip to Israel where he was baptized in the river Jorden—his first and only baptism. His travels also took him to warm ocean breezes on the Hawaiian Islands and cooler breezes on the Oregon Coast. He was an active part of his children’s and grandchildren’s lives, and much of his vacation time was spent visiting family.
His favorite color was blue, he loved hotdogs, meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies and brownies. He loved his cats Porsche and Tux. His unique sense of humor was well known among his friends and family. His gentle spirit and attentive nature made him easy to approach for advice or to share a story.
Denton is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Diane, children, Kristi (Patrick) Roelle, Kurtis (Staci) Jakobitz and Jonathan (Julie) Jakobitz, grandchildren, Colton, Uriah, Micah, Hadassah, Zachary, Wyatt, Asher and Hava, brother Rolland Jakobitz and wife Edna, sister Sharon Farrar and husband Jim Treece, and many brothers and sisters in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Harley.
He is greatly missed by friends, colleagues and family. Many cheered him on around the globe during his final days on Earth including his Pastor John and Louella Harris and extended family. We thank everyone for lifting him up in your hearts, in the end those prayers were his bridge to Heaven.
A Celebration of Denton’s life and his interment will be held Saturday, June 2nd at the Chapel of the Resurrection Funeral Home in Bothell, WA.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4
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