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Lawrence Daniel Jacobs, age 50, of Rockford, Illinois, went home to his Heavenly Father on April 30. Born September 10, 1967, in Bucyrus, Ohio, he was the son of Daniel C. and Patricia G. (Neorr) Jacobs. As a child he spent most summers on the farms of his late grandparents, Hazel and Sam Jacobs and Marie and Paul Neorr.
Larry earned a B.S. degree in environmental science, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College. In 1992, he received two Masters degrees from Yale University School of Forestry, one in economics and the other in natural resource policy and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was especially proud of being selected to carry the Yale School of Forestry Banner at that year's graduation ceremony.
Larry married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, a licensed practical nurse. They would have two children, Amanda and Aaron.
Following his Yale years, Larry joined The Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, becoming Manager of New Products and New Business Development. Among the items he helped to bring onto the market were Dryel and Fabreze.
In 2000, Larry's Christian faith led him to take the position of President and CEO of Healthy Beginnings, a pro-life organization operating pregnancy care centers in Cincinnati and Dayton. He expanded the number of facilities and doubled revenues from grants and gifts. He was honored by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of "the Top forty Leaders under 40" in that city.
Three years later, Larry joined the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society (now the International Organization for the Family) in Rockford as Vice President. He soon became, as well, the Managing Director of the World Congress of Families, a project representing pro-family leaders and groups from over 80 countries. He oversaw planning and transnational operations for major Congresses in places such as Mexico City, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Madrid, Sydney, Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), and Bucharest. In performing this work, he made deep friendships around the globe. Larry's special gifts were listening to and understanding differing points of view and resolving conflicts in service to a greater good. He appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including the 700 Club, American Family Radio, Focus on the Family News, the USA Radio Network, and Ave Maria Radio. He spoke at major gatherings such as the Azusa Street Centennial and the Heartbeat International Annual Conference. He was chosen as a Foundation Young Leader by the distinguished American-Swiss Foundation.
Larry served on committees or boards of a number of non-profit groups, including Trinity Christian School, Rockford Kiwanis, the Northern Illinois Community Foundation, and Heartbeat International. In recent years, he was a very active Board Chairman for Freedoms Journal Foundation, which promotes "Strong Family Values" and other virtues among all Americans and "the African American populace, in particular."
The focus of Larry's life was his family, especially his wife and children. He was proud of Jennifer's job as nurse at the Rockford Rescue Mission, "surely doing the Lord's work." When Amanda and Aaron were younger, he especially enjoyed serving as a volunteer coach at both the Boys and Girls Clubs and Christian Life School. He had "a giant heart," reports a fellow coach, "who expected nothing in return, except the satisfaction that he was helping kids that he didn't know, while also helping his friends." Most recently, he experienced the joy of watching his children move on to college: Amanda graduating this Spring from Asbury University with two degrees, one in equine management, the other in psychology, also achieving certification as a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor all within 4 years; and Aaron entering Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, studying Business and Sports Management where he continues to play basketball.
Larry's survivors include: wife Jennifer; Amanda and Aaron; mother and step-father Patricia and Stephan Beam; father Daniel Jacobs; half-brother Sam Jacobs; in laws MaryLee and Weston Hyde; aunts Janet Turner, Connie Jacobs, and Sally Deese; and uncle, John Neorr.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at the Northridge Community Church, located at YWCA Women's Center, 4990 E. State Street (Rockford University Campus), Rockford, IL. This celebration of Larry's life will be followed by a Football Dinner, a tradition throughout Aaron's years on the Christian Life team.

For those who wish to help Larry's family financially at this difficult time, donations can be made online to the Larry Jacobs Family Fund at

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  1. Andrea Vicich and Angels of Charity and Music

    Larry I know you can hear this song from heaven. From me to you. I have no words but this song I just wrote for you my dear friend. My condolences to the family. SONG: Larry what a beautiful friend you were. Larry what a beautiful son you were. Chorus: Larry Larry you are gift from heaven. The sunshine in my life, a treasure from above. Larry what a beautiful father you were. Larry what a beautiful husband you were. Chorus: Larry Larry you are a gift from heaven. The sunshine ☀️ in my life, a treasure from above. Tears are falling on earth but heaven is rejoicing up there. And Jesuschrist is holding you in his arms. We will miss you Larry. Larry Jacobs. Chorus: Larry Larry you are a gift from heaven. The sunshine ☀️ in my life, a treasure from above Rest In Peace my friend.

  2. Patrice Pederson

    I struggle to understand how heaven could need him more there than he is needed here, but bow before God's wisdom. Larry was a rare gem. He was the glue that held the international pro-family movement together. An influencer without ego, wise but not in his own sight, a mender of fences, a problem-solver, and a sincere and honest friend. He will be truly missed.

  3. Carolyn and Joseph Mayconich

    This world has lost a kind and generous young man, dedicated to his family and all other families he touched through his work. Our thoughts and prayers are for his wife, children, mom and dad, that they remain strong, remembering all the good times shared with Larry. Love, Carolyn and Joe Mayconich

  4. C. Gwendolyn Landolt/REAL Women of Canada

    The world has lost a wonderful, dedicated man. He was an example of Christian manhood - fully dedicating his life to all that is important, which is the sanctity of life and the family. We are grateful that God gave Larry to us, even though it was for all too short a time. May God Bless and guide his wife and children during this time of sorrow and grief.

  5. Bill May

    I was shocked and saddened by the news of Larry's untimely death. He will be dearly missed by those who love the family. What a wonderful kind, self-giving and faithful servant of our Lord, Jesus Christ Larry was in this life. My heart goes out to Jennifer, Amanda and Aaron. I pray that the Lord showers his consolations and peace upon you. Bill May - Marriage Reality Movement

  6. Richard and Barbara Hallett

    Our sincere sympathy to mother Pat, Jennifer and family on the passing of Larry. Although many years have passed since we last were together, we have fond memories of Larry at the Neorr farm in Delta with grandparents. We are sure is reunited with them in heaven. Rest in peace Larry.

  7. Myrna Newman

    Larry was a dear friend at Allegheny many years ago. Although our paths diverged and we haven't seen each other since then, I will always remember Larry with the greatest fondness. He was one of the sincerely nicest, warmest, most loving people I have ever met. I mourn his loss and send my deepest condolences to his family.

  8. Dr. Ted Baehr

    Larry is rejoicing at the heavenly banquet with Jesus Christ. But, for those of us left behind, we will miss him a lot. He was a gift from God. Larry was brilliant, witty and faith-filled. He was selfless and gracious. He was on of my favorite and best friends. Larry was one of a kind. Larry was the best. Ted Baehr

  9. Ann McKee

    My heart goes out to Jenn. Larry has been a part of her life for so long. My deep sympathy to Amanda and Aaron who have lost their dad. May the good Lord comfort you all at this time and may the good memories remain with you.

  10. Sherry Dixon

    Larry you will be forever in our hearts, you truly loved our family and especially Michael, you coached him not only in basketball but in life! Praying for Jennifer, Amanda, and Aaron for peace and comfort, may God bless you! We love you and may Larry's memory live on in our hearts forever till we meet again in heaven!

  11. Amy (Maze) Marshall

    Larry was one of my very best friends during our high school/UMYF years. He was a kind, smart, and wonderful person and I regret that time and distance took its toll on our friendship. He holds a special place in my heart and always, always will. I was so shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. The world seems a darker place knowing that he's passed from this world to the next. Jeni, my deepest condolences and sympathies to you. You, Amanda, and Aaron are in my prayers. Though I know with absolute certainty that Larry is in Heaven, I also know that he would not have wanted to leave you three for anything less than God's ultimate calling. His love for you was apparent when we were kids and it still shone through anytime he mentioned you and your family on Facebook. My sympathies also to Mrs. Beam, and Larry's dad, and stepfather. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. With love, Amy

  12. Elaine Brauninger

    Pat and Family you are in my prayers.

  13. Rodney Mills

    I met Larry twenty three years ago playing church softball. I just moved to Cincinnati and was looking for a softball team to play with. He said he loved to play softball also and was playing for a competitive church team and I was welcome to play. Well one was true and the other a lie. Larry loved to play but the team was not competitive. From that team I found so many friends and relationships. I'm so glad Larry invited me because it started a friendship for over twenty years. I remember when Aaron and Amanda was born and Jen and Larry's life became even more perfect. It was a sad day when they moved to Rockford. I knew it was for the best for them but I didn't want them to go. It was hard to be in a bad mood around Larry. He was someone you always tried to act like when being a family man. I never met a man and haven't since that always greeted you with a hug. This world needs more Larry Jacobs and not going to be the same without him. I always made fun of you for being a nerd, but the truth is I was just jealous because I could never measure up to your greatness. I will miss the long conversations we used to have about life and family. You were never negative always positive. I will greatly miss you Larry and as I write this the memories come flooding in. God truly blessed me with your friendship and I can't wait to see you again

  14. Jan Smith

    To Larry's family and close friends, I send my heartfelt condolences. Larry is one of those people who make you feel honored to know him. He was an invaluable ally on family and prolife issues when I worked at the State Department, sharing wisdom and his love of life in his gentle way. He will be missed by many people whose hearts and lives he touched. May you find comfort in knowing God is surely welcoming him home with words we all long to hear: "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

  15. Brenda Porter

    MJ and I send our love and condolences to Jen, Jacob, Amanda and the rest of the family. I know that Larry will be truly missed. He was such a good and kind man. Always so helpful and always had an encouraging word to share. The world has loss a good one and heaven has gained an angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God's strength and comfort surround you every day. He will sustain you. I love you guys.

  16. Cara “Carrie” Johnson Brousseau

    Jennifer, Aaron and Amanda, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I remember Larry fondly from our days at Allegeheny. Taken too soon, he will be deeply missed.

  17. Debbie Summerlott

    Sincere condolences from your neighbor across the street. If there is anything at all that I can do please don't hesitate to ask. Debbie

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