The best publican going around
BIG personality, accident prone, loved sport and a sense of humour is how Don Jacobson's family and perhaps many locals remember him.
Don died on October 30 (2019) at 85 years-old due to a tear in his oesophagus.
Don spent several of his years in Biloela (1967-1983) with wife Helen, raising his three kids - Tracie (now Tracie Thomas), Brett and Stephen - and also as the publican of the then "Jaco's Commercial Hotel".
"For me it wasn't unexpected because Dad was deteriorating in the last six months," Mrs Thomas said.
"Initially it was a shock sitting there the hospital and the doctors are letting us know that he has 12-72 hours left.
"We are thankful he is out of pain and he is up there with loved ones."
Mrs Jacobson said Don was quite accident prone and was even on one occasion run over by a ski-boat on Callide dam.
Mrs Jacobson and Don both grew up and met in Sydney, destined to be together since they lived across the road from each other.
"We were well respected in Biloela and he was a dam good publican, one of the favourites," Mrs Jacobson said.
"He had a great personality, he was into sport and everything like that.
"We made the move up from Sydney because I thought being in the country would be good for the kids growing up."
Don and Helen relocated back to the Sunshine Coast in 2000 where shortly after Don's accidents over the years would catch up to him and Tracie would become his personal carer from 2010.
"He's been in pain since the 1970s because he's been accident prone and it got worse over the years," Mrs Thomas said.
"He walked, showered himself and was independent it was just he was prone to falls because of the accidents over the years and heart-attacks and other medical things that had accumulated.
"He was in so much pain in the end it was ridiculous and his quality of life was diminished close to the end."
Mrs Thomas said that she and Mrs Jacobson are holding up okay with cherished memories of times spent at the Callide Dam camping always a source of happiness.
Mr Jacobson's funeral was held in Maroochydore on November 7.