During his time with the City of Maypearl, Kelly Jacobson served on several boards, the city council, and twice as mayor.
He was recently elected to the post in May 2017 but stepped down in February due to health issues. Jacobson passed away Thursday.
Residents and community leaders remember Jacobson as a man who was not afraid to get to work. Jacobson could often be seen helping city workers fix a broken water line or on his tractor improving a road.
Larry Burns, president of the Cowboy Bank of Maypearl, worked closely with Jacobson on protecting residents from annexation into the neighboring cities of Midlothian and Waxahachie by having them join the Maypearl extraterritorial jurisdiction. Burns shared that Jacobson cared deeply for the residents that he served.
“He worked tirelessly to restore our water system. We occasionally have breaks and leaks in water and sewer lines. Kelly was working tirelessly to repair things and map out things so that the future generations of people running the city would know where things were and how to be repaired.” Burns said. “He worked with people very well and tried to be more on a level to share responsibilities. He wanted to make sure that things were done right.”
Burns stated Jacobson worked hard to provide residents with a place they could be proud to call home.
“We have a number of good people that care deeply about this town. Kelly was one of those handfuls of people. We have lost someone who is deeply loyal to Maypearl,” Burns said. “It is going to take a lot of work from a lot of people to replace Kelly.”
Sherry Hindman, owner of Big B’s Leather and a board member of the Maypearl Chamber of Commerce, stated Jacobson was an easy person to work with who was civic minded.
“He was the kind of mayor, person, and friend that if something went on, he worked it himself. We had a water break here in town one time, and we have city workers that do that, but he got out and dug ditches in front of our bank,” Hindman said. “He got out and worked with everyone. He didn’t sit back and delegate he got out and worked with people.”
Hindman shared even during his health issues Jacobson would still make a point to greet people and visit with them if he came across them in a store or a business.
She added many people throughout the community would miss Jacobson.
Stephen Daniel, who is a member of the Friends of Maypearl, worked with Jacobson and the city council to make the city’s first park a reality. Work is moving forward to create Wilemon Community Park in downtown with the help a $75,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission that was awarded earlier this month.
“I will tell you this from my interaction with working with Kelly, I was always impressed with the level of detail. There are a lot of folks in the world that sometimes they can see the big picture,” Daniel said. “When it came to focusing on details of how things get done to me Kelly always focused on the details.”
Daniel stated as the project developed Jacobson gave his full attention to what needed to be done.
“Kelly was always an open ear to listen to anything that we needed to do. I heard about his passing and was saddened,” Daniel stated. “It is one of those things that I am glad that I got to know him for a brief amount of time that I did. I will always be appreciative of his support for Maypearl and the park.”
Daniels recalled that Jacobson continued to serve the community outside of his role at city hall.
“There is a picture that was on the Voice of Maypearl's (Facebook page) last year where he got out with his tractor and was trying to fix the roadway I believe," Daniels remembered. "I think that really demonstrates who he was and that he was helping everyone ever when he didn’t have anything to gain from it.”
The visitation for Jacobson is from 2-2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home, located at 1826 U.S. Highway 287 Business in Waxahachie. The funeral service will be held following the visitation at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at Wayne Boze.