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Rev. Murray L. Jacobson

Rev. Murray L. Jacobson

Rev. Murray L. Jacobson, 85, of Northfield, Minnesota, went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on January 22, 2014.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. (visitation with family beginning at 10:00 a.m.), Saturday, February 1 at Wadena Alliance Church, Wadena, MN. Another service will be held on February 15 at Cornerstone Community Church, Northfield, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be designated to Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Murray was born April 30, 1928 in Clinton, Minnesota to Jonas and Hilda (Larson) Jacobson. He graduated from Willmar High School in 1946. After graduation Murray farmed with his father on the family farm near Pennock, MN. In March of 1951, Murray enlisted in the US Navy and became an aviation structural mechanic. After his honorable discharge in February 1955, on March 27, 1955 he married the former Dana Jo Lane of Dickson, Tennessee in Washington, DC. In the fall of 1955, Murray enrolled in St. Paul Bible College to prepare for Christian ministry. After graduation in 1959, Murray moved his family to Bemidji, MN and began his ministry as a Bible teacher at Mokahum Indian Bible School. In 1963 he was called to pastor the Alliance Church in Cass Lake, MN. Murray was called to pastor the Elk River Alliance Church in 1973. In 1979 he was called to oversee Alliance ministries in the Kentucky Mountain District and also pastored the churches in Virgie and Long Fork, Kentucky. Murray then received a call to plant churches and oversee church development in the Ohio Valley District. He and Dana moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988 where they stayed until their retirement in 1993 when they moved to Wadena, MN.

After the death of his wife Dana in 2002, Murray married Marilan Hansen in October of 2005. After living several years in Wadena, he and Marilan moved to Northfield, MN the summer of 2012.

Murray loved sports, including softball, bowling, hunting, fishing, golf and ping pong. Murray also enjoyed volunteer missionary work and spent time in Bolivia, South America on two occasions and twice spent several months volunteering at the JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Murray is survived by his wife Marilan and two daughters, Diane (Joe) Hinkle of Verndale, MN and Janet Jacobson (Staples, MN); five grandchildren Becky (Rob) Hill, Rich (Jill) Hinkle, Kelly (Ryan) Carpenter, Zach (Steph) Hinkle, Jordan (Jolene) Hinkle and ten great grandchildren (Karley, Kenadie, Quentin, Charlie, Dane, Joselyn, Gus, Paxton, Chase and Adeley, his sisters Signe and Pearl and brothers Curtis and Orville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Dana, parents Jonas and Hilda, brother Arnold and sister Delores.