Martin Henry Jacobsmeier, 80, of Burlington, died at 7:22 PM Sunday, January 31, 2021, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born August 19, 1940, in Houghton, IA, he was the son of William and Loretta Hellweg Jacobsmeier. On July 31, 1965, he married Donna Goble in St. John's Catholic Church, Burlington. They celebrated 55 years together.
He graduated from Aquinas High School in Ft. Madison in 1958 where he excelled in academics and sports. Martin was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. He earned the "Honor Man" award in the Devil Dog Platoon. Martin was stationed in Okinawa during his service.After his service, he was determined to be an educator. He received his undergrad degree from Western Illinois and his Master's Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State. Martin was a guidance counselor, teacher and coach who was committed to helping student athletes achieve their goals at several schools throughout Iowa during his career.
He enjoyed fishing, doing crosswords, and attending all his kids and grandkids sporting events. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame football fan. Martin was a great cook and a faithful member of the HyVee coffee club. He always offered his opinion on the topic of the day, especially politics.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter, Trish (Todd) Parsons of Wapello; sons, Jason (Jodi) Jacobsmeier of Omaha, NE, and Travis (Heather) Jacobsmeier of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Taylor Jacobsmeier, Tiffany and Tade Parsons, Camryn, and Luke Jacobsmeier, Ryan and Brendan Jacobsmeier; four sisters, Luanne (Jim) Pruett of Fort Madison, Laura (her late husband, Chuck) Hyatt, and Lillian (Stanley) Helling all of Fort Madison, Lorene (Ron) Ellerhoff of Middletown; and two sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Justin and Wendell Jacobsmeier, three brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law.
The Graveside Committal Service for Mr. Jacobsmeier will be held later this spring, with military honors.
A memorial has been established for P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter in Ft. Madison.
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