Class of 1979


Dr. Peter JacobsenDr. Peter William Jacobsen died on Nov. 14, 2016 in his home. He was 67.

Dr. Jacobsen was born on Feb. 25, 1949 in Seattle. He was a standout athlete at Kirkland’s Lake Washington High School in the 1960s and the starting safety for the University of Colorado football team when the Buffaloes won the 1968 Liberty Bowl. After graduating from the School of Dentistry, he operated dental practices in Snoqualmie and Maple Valley, Wash. He loved the relationships he built with his patients and staff, and found great joy impacting the lives of those he felt he had the privilege to serve.

Dr. Jacobsen held an enduring love for discovery, adventure, navigation, astronomy and all things in nature. His greatest passion was being at the helm of his boat, Courageous, on Puget Sound. He spent summers with his family sailing through the San Juan and Gulf islands.

He enjoyed snow skiing at Mount Bachelor and Sun Valley, waterskiing on Lake Washington and summiting Mount Rainier in 1978.

Peter had a magical smile, a contagious laugh and a sense of humor that was appreciated by most. Through his enthusiasm, encouraging words and his genuine interest in others, he had a way of making everyone he encountered feel special. He was kind and generous, and the warmth of his hugs and bright spirit will be dearly missed.

Dr. Jacobsen is survived by his wife, Deanna of Bellevue; son Ryan (Jenna); daughter Ashley (Tim) Olson; and three grandchildren. (Legacy)