Alan Jacobs

Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Avenue
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
(609) 924-0242

Obituary of Alan B Jacobs

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With a perpetual twinkle in his bright eyes, his confident and disarming smile, and his clever repartee, Alan Jacobs was the ultimate “closer”—the guy brought in at the end of a sales pitch to seal the deal.  His coworkers would often say, “That guy could sell ice to an Eskimo.” His great secret? Alan Jacobs was in love with life. He loved people, making friends, and people loved being around him. His effortless charm, combined with a quick wit that could make even the grumpiest crack a smile, led people to know instantly that they could trust him, and they could. Those monthly sales quotas never stood a chance, and he used his mind and talents to create the greatest life he could for his most steadfast passion: His family. 

Alan Bruce Jacobs, was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 3, 1945 and, from the early 1950’s, was raised in Southern California along with his sister Phyllis and his brother Jeff.

He attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, CA, where he participated in Track and Field events as a runner, proudly setting a record as a long jumper, before later attending California State University, Northridge.

In 1964 Alan enlisted as an Aviation Technical Navigation Petty Officer 3, and was the recipient of the National Defense Medal because of his service during the Vietnam War. He was part of a team that flew Naval Sea Planes where he ran the navigation equipment. He was proud that it was his job to help guide his team safely through each journey, and he carried that same pride, responsibility, guidance, and care to his life as a Father and Husband.

After his time in the Navy, Alan moved to Hawaii, where his children Kevin, Stephanie, and Geoffrey spent their early years.

In 1978 he married the great love of his life, Avelene “Abby” Sorio and began the adventure of a lifetime. He and Abby raised their children Adam and Arielle, along with Kevin and Stephanie, in Half Moon Bay, CA and, in 1997, the family moved to Princeton, New Jersey.

Alan’s career began with IBM in the 1970s and subsequently with Xerox in their Palo Alto Research Center. He went on to become a Publisher at both Dataquest and McGraw-Hill, where he became the publisher of “Musical America”. This led to one of his proudest moments: speaking on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2015, after years of commuting between New Jersey and Atlanta, Alan ultimately retired from Reed-Elsevier. Along with his frequent business travel came the two words that he loved most in the english language -- "Reward Points". And boy did make good use of them.

From the beginning of their 42 year marriage, Alan, Abby, and their children traveled the world together. They journeyed to the Holy Land, walked the Great Wall of China, sailed through the Panama Canal, and explored Australia, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Japan. Hawaii and Aruba were his favorite.  Although he enjoyed casual walks and strolling on sandy beaches, he also shared his love of adventure, laughter, music, and life with his beloved children. He went white water rafting and zip lining in Costa Rica, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia, and went sky diving with his daughter Arielle, and he drove on the Autobahn at 130mph with his son Adam. His leisure time was spent enjoying golf, chess, ping pong, and billiards. He was incredibly proud and supportive of his children Adam and Arielle’s careers in the arts as Broadway actors. Alan never missed a show and, no matter where it was in the world, Alan would fly or drive there to make sure his children always knew that, on opening night, their Dad was always there.  

Whether he was playing with his grandchildren, helping out with homework or science projects, telling stories, making funny faces to make his children laugh, or doing his favorite activity,-- dancing with his wife every time there was music playing for 42 years of beautiful marriage, -- Alan was always full of joy.

Alan is pre-deceased by his parents Edwin and Estelle Jacobs, and sister Phyllis Gail Cartin.   He is survived by his wife of 42 years Avelene “Abby” Jacobs, his brother Jeff Jacobs, children Kevin Edward Jacobs (wife Patricia), daughter Stephanie Renee Adams (husband Andrew, grandson Glenn Parker, granddaughter Audrey Joyce), Adam Loren Jacobs (wife Kelly, twin sons Jack Loren and Alex Gregory), daughter Arielle Cherise Jacobs Caruncho (husband J.J.), and Geoffrey Wooden (wife Emi, children Mia and Niki).  

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the funeral service will be privately held on Wednesday Feb.24, 2021 for immediate family and invited family guests. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving in memory of Alan to The Alzheimer’s Association, .

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